Evaluation of the Texas Child Support for College Program

A college degree can greatly improve potential earnings and upward mobility. To secure a college degree for their children, many families invest in dedicated college savings funds; however, high income families are much more likely to save for college than families at a lower income level.

Roughly two-thirds of the customers served by the Texas child support system are low-income families. To encourage savings among eligible custodial and noncustodial parents for their children’s college education, the Texas Office of the Attorney General – Child Support Division (OAG-CSD) and its partners began the Child Support for College Program (CS4C) pilot program. Through the program, eligible parents receive financial education and savings incentives to invest in a dedicated college savings fund for their children. The CS4C program is the first known example of a state child support office collaborating with partners to specifically promote the accumulation of assets designated for higher education among its customers.

The OAG-CSD asked Dr. Cynthia Osborne and CFRP to conduct a process and outcomes evaluation to inform the CS4C partners and asset building community of the factors associated with college savings among the child support population. The pilot period ended at the  end of 2013. Click here for CFRP’s final evaluation report. The evaluation provided information on the challenges and successes of the CS4C program; described the characteristics of child support customers who participate in the program; and promoted a better understanding of why some customers successfully complete the program whereas others choose not to participate or exit the program without saving for their child’s college education.**Update January 2014: Evaluation of CS4C Program Leads to Policy Changes

Related Publications and Posts

Title Type Date
Evaluation of CS4C Program Leads to Policy Changes News Post 2014 January
An Evaluation of the Child Support for College Asset-Building Initiative Report 2013 December
Seeding the College Dream: The Child Support for College Asset-Building Initiative CFRP Snapshot 2013 November
Summary of the Results from the Child Support for College Asset-Building Initiative Brief 2013 October
College Enrollment and Grad Rates Increase with Even $1 in a College Savings Account News Post 2013 April
Child Support and College Savings Brief 2012 August

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