Access to college in America is widely believed to be based on merit, but soaring costs have made college an elusive goal for many. This study seeks to define the determinants of “wilt”, which occurs when a young person who expects to graduate from college has not completed this goal by ages 19-22. The findings indicate that youth with a savings account designated for school are almost four times more likely to attend than those without an account. Policy implications are discussed.
Project: College Success