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Nov 1, 2017
Increasing Retention and Engagement with Berea College's Horizon Fellows
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Enrollment
Increasing Retention and Engagement with Berea College's Horizon Fellows

Student mentors at Berea College text GEAR UP High School Juniors and Seniors to guide them through the college-going process. Through Signal Vine, participation has increased from 5% to 70%, and in the Class of 2017, 72% of these students enrolled in college with a retention of 90% for the spring semester.

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Apr 25, 2017
Research: How to Increase National Enrollment with Text Nudges
Research
Enrollment
Research: How to Increase National Enrollment with Text Nudges

Check out an overview of a recent working paper that focuses on how text nudges will increase a student's likelihood of enrolling in college, and how these impacts lead to an increase in national enrollment.

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Mar 1, 2017
Nudging at a National Scale: Experimental Evidence from a FAFSA Completion Campaign
Research
Enrollment
Nudging at a National Scale: Experimental Evidence from a FAFSA Completion Campaign

The Common App sent 450,000 high school seniors texts on the steps they need to take to complete the FAFSA, and these students became more likely to complete the FAFSA, with low-income students seeing the best results.

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Oct 18, 2016
Customized Nudging to Improve FAFSA Completion and Income Verification
Research
Enrollment
Customized Nudging to Improve FAFSA Completion and Income Verification

Students in Delaware and Texas were texted personalized outreach and updates on FAFSA completion. Students served were more likely to complete the FAFSA, completed the FAFSA earlier, and were more likely to immediately matriculate.

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May 1, 2016
Parental Influences on Postsecondary Decision-Making
Research
Enrollment
Parental Influences on Postsecondary Decision-Making

A large-scale experiment provided texts to students and parents with personalized information about enrollment tasks, and resulted in a 3.1 percentage point increase in on-time college enrollment.

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Apr 1, 2016
Can Text Message Nudges Improve Academic Outcomes in College?
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Higher Education
Can Text Message Nudges Improve Academic Outcomes in College?

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission provides college counseling through SMS to students. Students participating in the texting campaign attempted and completed more freshman year credits than similar students who were not part of the text message program.

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Jan 31, 2016
Research Shows High-Risk Student Loan Borrowing Can Be Reduced
Research
Financial Aid
Research Shows High-Risk Student Loan Borrowing Can Be Reduced

New loan applicants at the Community College of Baltimore County were sent texts to help them make more informed decisions regarding their student loans, leading to 20% declines in borrowing for certain segments of high-risk borrowing populations.

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Dec 1, 2014
Freshman Year Financial Aid Nudges: Increase FAFSA Renewal and College Persistence
Research
Financial Aid
Freshman Year Financial Aid Nudges: Increase FAFSA Renewal and College Persistence

Massachusetts community college freshmen received nudges around renewing the FAFSA and financing education. Recipients were nearly 20% more likely to persist into their sophomore year.

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Jan 31, 2014
Summer Nudging: Personalized Text Messages To Increase College Going
Research
College Access
Summer Nudging: Personalized Text Messages To Increase College Going

Summer Melt research shows that text message reminders sent to low-income students in the state of Massachusetts resulted in an 11% increase in matriculation and reduction in summer melt.

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Mar 15, 2013
Summer Melt Handbook: A Guide to Investigating and Responding to Summer Melt
Research
College Access
Summer Melt Handbook: A Guide to Investigating and Responding to Summer Melt

The Dallas Independent School District texted college-intending students and their parents about important tasks to complete before matriculating to college. Overall, the text messaging campaign increased enrollment at two-year colleges by over 5 percentage points and had pronounced impacts on low-income students.

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