The impact of financial aid on native American students

Jesse P. Mendez, Pilar Mendoza, Zaria Malcolm

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This paper examines how federal financial aid packages affect college persistence of Native Americans including packages with the Oklahoma's Promise grant. Using a state dataset that includes student-level data for the 2002-2006 time span in the state of Oklahoma, this study showed that motivated Native American women with income above $40,000 thrive in postsecondary education. In addition, students with financial aid packages that included the Oklahoma's Promise grant had the highest probability of retention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-25
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Diversity in Higher Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Native Americans
  • financial aid
  • postsecondary access


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