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Building Better Social ProgramsHow Evidence Is Transforming Public Policy$
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David Stoesz

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190945572

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190945572.001.0001

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(p.216) Chapter 11 Up$tart
Building Better Social Programs

David Stoesz

Oxford University Press

Up$tart bundles applications for social benefits—Pell Grants, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—in order to generate income for poor students, increasing their likelihood of graduating from college. In addition to increasing student income, Up$tart indirectly raises significantly revenues for financially stressed institutions of higher education. Because poverty afflicts minorities of color disproportionately, Up$tart promises to accelerate the upward mobility of African American, Hispanic, and Native American students. Bundling benefit applications is also applicable for other fields of activity where silo programs impede benefit take-up rates.

Keywords:   student financial aid, graduation rates, Up$tart, upward mobility, minority poverty

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