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Parents' Financial Help Linked to Lower GPAs, Higher Graduation Rates

College students who aren’t studying hard may have their parents’ financial support to blame.

A new study by University of California, Merced, sociology Professor Laura T. Hamilton found that students’ GPAs decreased with increased financial support from their parents. The study also found that students with financial aid from their parents were more likely to complete college and earn a degree.

Professor Awarded National Grant for Research on Moroccan Literature

University of California, Merced, literature Professor Cristián H. Ricci has received a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities award to write an in-depth analysis of Moroccan literature.

The research project, “Moroccan Literature and the Broadening of Postcolonial Literary Studies,” is one of the very few comparative studies to bring together four of Morocco’s major national and diasporic writings for a transcontinental audience.

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