How Temple University’s Fly in 4 Programs Keeps Students In Class Instead of At Work

Could small grants be a smart economic solution to replace the earnings from part-time jobs and ensure our first-generation students persist?

Reported by EAB, Temple University’s “Fly in 4” initiative is designed specifically to reduce students’ reliance on part-time employment earnings. At Temple, students working more than 15 hours a week at off-campus jobs had lower persistence and graduation rates, so they gifted $4,000 grants to 500 of their highest-need students, contingent on additional behavioral asks. This has created a 5% persistence rate improvement for those students in the program.

The takeaway? If we’re aware of the behavioral patterns of students that don’t persist, how can we incentivize positive behaviors that lead them to graduate on-time and make college more affordable?

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.