Stay the Course

Project Type: Education

Project Stage: Completed

The Stay the Course program was designed through a collaboration between Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW) and Tarrant County College (TCC) to address the personal, non-academic, social, and institutional barriers to success for low-income students in college. The program has two key components: full-service, wrap-around case management and access to emergency financial assistance. Eligible students are invited to express interest in the program. CCFW only has the capacity to serve a portion of the eligible students who express interest. Of those who express interest, some are randomly assigned into the program, based on available openings, and others into a control group. The LEO evaluation helps partners understand the impact of the Stay the Course program on outcomes such as college persistence and completion using data from TCC and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), among other sources. This program has expanded from a pilot at one campus to a larger demonstration project at two campuses. 

Project Partner(s): Melissa KearneyMarci Ybarra

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Read the NBER Working Paper

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News coverage of the Stay the Course Program:

‘Stay the Course’ Program Keeps Students On The Path To Success, The University Network, 29 Jan 2018

‘Stay the Course’ proves it takes more than money, Star-Telegram, 25 Jan 2018

Community College Students Paired With Mentors Are Less Likely To Drop Out, KERA News, 23 Jan 2018

Notre Dame researchers work to decrease community college drop-outs, WVPE, 9 Jan 2018

Success in community college aided by comprehensive case management, study finds,, 9 Jan 2018

Bring it on: A Provider, A Researcher, and A New Way of Improving Lives,  Policy and Practice Magazine.  American Public Human Services Association.  August 2017.

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Catholic Charities Fort Worth

Non-profit Agencies

Tarrant County College

Educational Institutions