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RCT of Bottom Line, an program that provides one-on-one guidance to help low-income, first-generation students get into and graduate from college

This project is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of Bottom Line – a program that provides one-on-one guidance to help low-income, first-generation students get into and graduate from college.

Grant recipient: Bottom Line, Inc.

Term: 2015 –2021

Principal Investigator: Ben Castleman, Ph. D., University of Virginia

Funding: $60,000 from LJAF ($59,000 from another philanthropic funder)

Summary: This project is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of Bottom Line – a program that provides one-on-one guidance to help low-income, first-generation students get into and graduate from college. This study is measuring college enrollment, persistence, and completion outcomes for a sample of about 2,400 students over a seven-year period, using administrative data from the National Student Clearinghouse. Early impact findings are shown here.

The study’s pre-specified analysis plan is linked here.

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