USC Evaluation Report

Supporting Achievement: Basic
Needs Assistance Program at a
Community College

Group of Students studying.
Originally Published: January, 2023 By Dr. Soumya Mishra, Dr. Tatiana Melguizo, and Dr. Gary Painter Categories: Aid

The Basic Needs Assistance (BNA) Program provides financial assistance to high-need community college students with the aim of helping them persist through college and achieve their academic goals on time. The program provides $4700 worth of scholarships to Los Angeles College Promise Program (LACP) students enrolled at Los Angeles Southwest Community College (LASC) in their first year of enrollment.

The goal of the evaluation is to:
1. Learn about the BNA Program and needs of BNA Awardees
2. Document whether the program was effective in terms of key short-term academic outcomes
3. Understand how the program was implemented and experienced by administrators and students