Making College Happen Through Financial Aid Incentive Programs

Making College Happen Through Financial Aid Incentive Programs

A well-designed financial aid incentive program couples a pre-college pipeline program targeting traditionally under-represented populations with an appropriate combination of scholarships, grants, and tuition discounts that covers 100% of tuition for students who meet admissions standards.

1. Guide to Creating Programs Offering Financial Aid Incentives

When considering a Financial Aid Incentive Program, consider the following:

  • What will the focus be? Potential focus for your incentive program may include:
    • The local neighborhood/host city
    • Underserved regions in the state
    • Underserved populations
  • Who will your partners be?
    • Local public schools
    • All local schools, public and private
    • Community organizations serving youth
  • What will the incentive look like based on your enrollment management goals?
  • What existing resources on your campus can you pull together to invest in the program?
  • How will you leverage existing resourrces to support underrepresented populations once they are admitted to your campus?

2. Exemplary Programs

Making College Happen – Rutgers University Rutgers Future Scholars

Making College Happen – Rutgers ...

Each year, the Rutgers Future Scholars program introduces 200 first-generation, low-income and academically promising middle school students from scho…

Making College Happen – The Ohio State University Young Scholars Program

Making College Happen – The Ohio...

The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion Young Scholars Program improves pre-college preparation, retention, and degree completion…

Making College Happen – USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative

Making College Happen – USC Neig...

A rigorous, seven-year pre-college enrichment program designed to prepare low-income neighborhood students for admission to a college or university.

3. Links to Additional Resources

Rutgers Future Scholars (RFS) Research Library on college access programs