MA IDS Thesis Projects

Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis


College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences


International Development and Service

Degree Name

International Development and Service, MA


student financial aid, higher education, Free Application for Federal StudentAid (FAFSA)


The purpose of this research was to examine why many low-income students fail to utilize student financial aid as a mechanism to pursue higher education. This research also aimed to look at other reasons why low-income students are continually underrepresented in higher education. Through this research, it is concluded that a lack of understanding and awareness of financial aid programs stand as a barrier to college readiness and completion. In the concluding sections, I propose an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, more recently known as the No Child Left Behind Act, that would guarantee larger portions of the low-income population would be aware of opportunities to finance higher education.

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