How American Indian Students Navigate the Financial Aid Process

How American Indian Students Navigate the Financial Aid Process


Location / Details

Online via Zoom


Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am


Dr. April Query, CFNC Regional and Community Services Manager

American Indian students are among the most underrepresented and underserved groups in the U.S. education system. Despite more people identifying as American Indian in the U.S. and, as a result, becoming a larger share of the population, the number of American Indian students enrolled in higher education decreased by 8% between 2005 and 2013. This is the only racial group in the U.S. experiencing decreased enrollment during these years. Past research presents that financial aid plays a role in a students’ decision to enroll in higher education. This session will provide attendees with more recent research on how American Indian students in North Carolina understand what role financial aid plays in higher education enrollment. We’ll discuss how these students came to learn about financial aid, apply for it, and become enrolled in higher education. We’ll look at themes from student interviews as well as recommendations for campuses and implementation steps.