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  • Study: I-Promise grants boost low-income U. of I. students’ graduation rates

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    Receiving I-Promise loan-replacement grants influenced low-income students’ decision to attend the University of Illinois and boosted their graduation rates, according to a new study led by the program’s founding director, Susan Gershenfeld, who completed the research during doctoral studies in social work.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Susan Gershenfeld, email

    The study “The impact of a promise: A loan replacement grant, low-income students and college graduation” is available online or from the News Bureau

    DOI: 10.1353/rhe.2019.0030