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Education Final 05-15-12 -   1.3.d - Passport to College Promise Scholarship

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Education Final 05-15-12
1. Access and Enrollment
2. Student Accomplishment
3. Student and Economic Outcomes
1.3.d - Passport to College Promise Scholarship
Is enrollment in the Passport to College pilot program ramping up?
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Data Notes
Data Source: HECB data.
Measure Definition: Enrolled students are student receiving college scholarship and other support through the program.  Eligible students are newly-emancipated youth identified by DSHS based on program eligibility criteria and DSHS foster youth records.
Target Rationale: Program provides access to higher education for youth who have been under the protection of the State of Washington.
Link to Agency Strategic Plan: Program raises educational attainment for youth who would otherwise lack access to higher education without financial support.
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Action Plan: No
Extended Analysis: No

 Drill Down Measures

 Summary Analysis

  • Created in 2007, Passport is a six-year pilot project to provide financial aid and support services to students from foster care.   
  • Of the students who enrolled in 2010-11, 60% were continuing students from 2009-10.  About 63% of students from the 2008-09 class re-enrolled in 2009-10.  For comparison purposes, community and technical college system data indicate 54% of fall 2008 degree seeking, low-income students continued their enrollment in 2009-10. 
  • Each year approximately 600 youth who emancipate from DSHS meet Passport eligibility criteria.  Of those, about one third enroll in college the following year.
  • Colleges are provided with financial incentives for the academic progress of foster youth. 
  • In 2009-10, an additional 14% of eligible students attended an eligible postsecondary institution within the state, but did not receive financial aid benefits.  In addition, the HECB estimates that at least an additional 3% enrolled in a post-secondary institution out-of-state or at an ineligible institution within the state who did not qualify for the program.  Comparable data for 2010-11 will be available in fall 2011.