Increasing education among low-income parents is a vital component of policies to improve families economic status. This brief draws on rigorous studies to highlight what is known about effects to encourage participation in and completion of postsecondary education among recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance and other low-income populations. The research shows that it is challenging to increase higher education enrollment, particularly among low-income, employed single parents. Some community-college-based programs have succeeded, although only one has increased school persistence in the medium term.
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