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The Role of Postsecondary Education in Welfare Recipients' Paths to Self-Sufficiency

  • Author(s): London, Rebecca
  • et al.

Today's welfare system does not encourage postsecondary education, focusing instead on services aimed at immediate employment. The loss of postsecondary education as a route out of poverty for welfare recipients may be detrimental to some women. College graduation is associated with lower rates of return to aid and post-welfare poverty than attendance without graduation or no attendance. However, graduation rates for welfare recipients are well below national graduation rates.

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