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Wayne State among universities profiled in APLU and Urban Serving Universities report

February 23, 2016

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and Coalition of Urban Serving Universities recently released a report and implementation guide detailing how universities can use micro-grants to ensure such students complete their degree. Foiling the Drop-Out Trap, Completion Grant Practices for Retaining and Graduating Students details the success of these micro-grant student aid programs at 10 public urban research institutions. A key element of the report is a how-to manual designed to help campuses and stakeholders explore, replicate, or scale similar retention and completion grant programs on campuses across the country. For many students facing modest financial shortfalls, micro-grants can make the difference between students staying on the path toward graduation and dropping out. Micro-grants are aimed at low-income students who are on track for graduation, but at risk of dropping out due to small financial shortfalls. These targeted aid programs have proven highly effective at ensuring these students stay enrolled in class and make progress toward their degree, ultimately helping them graduate. Ten schools and programs are profiled in the report, including Wayne State University.