Prof. Castleman Discusses His Research on Nudging and Financial Aid in New Article


03/21/2016

The Hechinger Report

Ben Castleman, an assistant professor at EdPolicyWorks and Curry, discussed his research on the financial aid process.

Tangled process of applying for financial aid deepens college affordability crisis

This hodgepodge is complicated further by a slew of state and private programs, which can create enough confusion to thwart a student’s college-going plans at the very last minute.  This so-called “summer melt” is partly due to the fact that many financial-aid decisions need to be made the summer before school starts, said Ben Castleman, an assistant professor of education and public policy at the University of Virginia who studies financial aid. Up to 30 percent of students admitted to colleges and universities each spring don’t show up in the fall, he said.