Going for Impact: Lessons from Piloting Completion Grants at Nine Universities

For low-income students, lacking a small amount of money can determine if they stay in college or drop out. Even when students receive financial aid, financial challenges throughout the student journey do not disappear.

That’s why, in 2016, USU in partnership with APLU selected nine universities to pilot or launch completion grants – microgrants provided to students who are academically on track to graduate within a year and have genuine unmet financial need. That need is determined  when the total cost of enrollment exceeds the student’s available resources (e.g. Pell Grants, Work-st