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Title: Study of College Transition Messaging in GEAR UP: Impacts on Enrolling and Staying in College
Description: Text-message-based college advising is a popular strategy to get students timely information and support, including among states and districts that participate in the federal college access program Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). In this study, about 4,800 college-intending seniors in high-need GEAR UP high schools across the country were randomly divided into two groups: one received their regular GEAR UP supports in the summer before and during their first year of college, and the other group received these regular supports along with 37 text messages customized to their college and the option to communicate with an advisor. The study found that students sent text messages were no more likely to enroll or persist in college than were students not sent messages. The messages also did not affect whether students completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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Cover Date: February 2021
Web Release: February 24, 2021
Publication #: NCEE 2021005
Center/Program: NCEE
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Type of Product: Evaluation Report
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Marsha Silverberg.