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Title: The impact of scholarships on students’ performance: a study on five Italian universities
Authors: Sneyers, Eline
Agasisti, Tommaso
De Witte, Kristof
Graziosi, Grazia
Keywords: Financial aidPropensity score matchingItalian Higher Education students
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Series/Report no.: DEAMS Research Paper Series 
DEAMS Research Paper Series 2016, 1
Abstract: This paper estimates the effect of receiving a need-based grant on the performance of university students in Italy. We perform both cross-sectional (between-universities) and within-universities propensity score matching analyses in order to evaluate the effect of grants on several students’ performance indicators as first year credits, dropout, and study efficiency. The findings suggest that financial aid positively affects students’ performances and completion in a substantial and statistically robust way. The positive impact is heterogeneous across universities, while few differences are detected for subgroups of students within them. Reinforcing the financial aid policy can simultaneously help disadvantaged students and foster the overall academic performance of Italian universities.
eISBN: 978-88-8303-740-5
Appears in Collections:DEAMS Research Paper Series 2016, 1

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