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Independent graduation is a phenomenon of voluntarily resigning as a recipient of PKH assistance.
At the beginning of 2020 there were around 26 PKH recipient families in Babadan Village who had
graduated independently. This study aims to determine the rationality of independent graduation as
PKH recipients in Babadan village, Nganjuk Regency. The theory used in analyzing this research is
James Coleman's theory of rational choice. The research method used is a qualitative method. For the
selection of research subjects, the researcher chose a purposive technique. The results of this study
indicate that the rationality of PKH recipients in choosing an independent graduation is influenced by
socio-economic status, values in society, and sanctions for PKH recipients. PKH recipients who have
resources in the form of a good house, rice fields, permanent jobs, and other valuables will easily
graduate independently. The social values that exist in the community are also one of the reasons why
PKH recipients choose to graduate independently. The community considers poverty to be a bad thing,
so when there was socialization of labeling poor families, many PKH recipients graduated
independently. Most of the independent graduations are carried out by people who are old because
they are afraid of being fined 50 million and going to prison.
Keywords: Rationality, PKH, Independent Graduation