The Impact of Eliminating Aid Toward For-Profit Enrollment on Educational Outcomes

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Attendance at for-profit colleges has increased significantly over the last decade, but poor outcomes for enrolled students have raised concerns about the quality of these institutions. This paper will use individual-level administrative data to examine how eliminating student subsidies to attend for-profit institutions impacts college enrollment and completion outcomes. We use a differences-in-differences strategy that compares students interested in attending sanctioned for-profit colleges to observationally similar students. We observe both administrative payment data and postsecondary outcomes from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), tracking students for four years after their initial aid application.