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  • Student expenditures decrease at some colleges that receive promise scholarship funds

    Researchers Jennifer Delaney and Bradley Hemenway standing outside a building on the U. of I.'s Urbana campus

    Analyses of two- and four-year colleges’ spending patterns from 2000-14 indicates that revenue from college promise scholarships was associated with decreased spending on instruction and student services. The study was conducted by Jennifer A. Delaney, a professor of educational policy, organization and leadership; and Bradley Hemenway, a data analyst in the Gies College of Business.

    Photo by Michelle Hassel


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  • Editor’s Note: To reach Jennifer Delaney, call 217-333-7828; email


    To reach Bradley Hemenway, call 217-244-4495; email


    The paper “A difference-in-difference analysis of shifts in postsecondary institution spending patterns in response to ‘promise’ financial aid programs” is available online or from the News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1177/08959048211049431