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June 23, 2013

State aims to tie aid to grad rates

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Massachusetts financial aid and graduation rates :Number of Massachusetts students in 2009-2010 receiving state scholarships, grants, no-interest loans, and tuition waivers: 43,988 Total state financial aid, 2009-2010: $127.1 million Five-year increase: 43 percent Average amount per student: $769 Proportion of first-time, full-time degree-seeking MASSGrant recipients who enrolled at public community colleges in 2005 and graduated within three years with two-year associate's degrees: 17.5 percent State average: 14.3 percent National average: 13.9 percent National average for low-income students: 11.8 percent Proportion of first-time, full-time degree-seeking MASSGrant recipients who enrolled at public universities in 2005 and graduated within six years with four-year bachelor's degrees: 61.3 percent State average: 57.8 percent National average: 55.7 percent National average for low-income students: 48.2 percent Sources: State Department of Higher Education, Complete College America, National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

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