[caption id="attachment_52671" align="alignleft" width="150"] When parents pick up greater absolute amounts and shares of college costs, it affects college GPA across the income distribution.[/caption]

Parents who are footing more of the college tuition bill for their children give them a better chance of graduating. But a surprising new study finds they might not be doing their children any favors in another area—generous financial support appears to lead to lower grades.

The study, published in this month's American Sociological Review, suggests students with some of their own "skin in the game" might work harder, and...

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