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ERIC Number: ED544467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr-12
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Native American Students: Affordability and Access. Policy Brief
Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board
Native American students in Washington attend more than 40 postsecondary institutions and participate in college at a rate greater than their proportional presence in the population. They are just as likely to apply for and receive financial aid as other groups, a little less likely to borrow to attend college, and experience a greater gap than other groups between what they can afford to pay and the total cost of college, even after receiving financial aid. These are some of the findings of a research study on Native American students and financial aid conducted by the Higher Education Coordinating Board. The findings were presented in a session at the Pathways Conference held in SeaTac Feb. 18, 2010. The Pathways Conference was the culmination of a larger study on Native American students completed in 2009 titled "Pathways for Native American Students: A report on colleges and universities in Washington State." That study offers recommendations to promote improved access to higher education for Native American students. This Policy Brief also provides information about how Native American students compare with all students in terms of secondary and postsecondary education participation and receipt of financial aid while enrolled in college or university. Most of the information about financial aid behavior is based on students who received need-based financial aid and enrolled in institutions that participate in Washington's state financial aid programs. (Contains 5 tables and 6 footnotes.)
Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board. 917 Lakeridge Way SW, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430. Tel: 360-753-7800; Fax: 360-753-7808; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board
Identifiers - Location: Washington