A Racial Breakdown of Financial Aid

According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Education, in the 2007–08 academic year, undergraduates received $62 billion in grant aid from a variety of sources. Over the 1996 to 2007 period, the percentage of all undergraduate students receiving merit-based grants increased from 6 percent to 14 percent. During the same period, the percentage of all undergraduates receiving need-based financial aid increased from 32 percent to 37 percent.

In the 2007-08 academic year, 16.4 percent of all white undergraduates received merit-based aid. For all black undergraduates, 11.4 percent received merit-based grants. Just over 30 percent of all white students received scholarship grants based on need, compared to 52.9 percent of all black undergraduates.

If we look only those students attending four-year colleges and universities on a full-time basis, we find that 35.1 percent of white students and 26.9 percent of black students received merit-based grants. Nearly 40 percent of white students and 70.6 percent of black students received need-based financial aid.

Since whites are more likely than blacks to receive merit-based scholarships, the shift in financial aid toward grants based on merit rather than need, as was the case in the 1996 to 2008 period tracked in this study, will benefit whites and lessen the higher educational opportunities of African Americans.

The Department of Education report can be downloaded here.

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  1. You have your analysis completely backwards. The way colleges and universities finance their operations the “mainly white students” who can pay the full cost of tuition, room and board are paying about 50% more than they should be for the privelage of attending that school. The extra money is what funds the need based scholarships of which blacks and other minorities are a major beneficiary. The increase in the number of “merit” scholarships in the last fifteen years is a reflection as the cost of a college or university education gets more and more expensive fewer students of any color can afford the quote “Full Tuition, Room and Board” which is the artifically high “rack” rate the schools use to garner enough revenue to then subsidize the need scholarships for the minority and other students. Since the number of white or any race students who can afford the full rate is lower as the cost of colleges and universities soars, they need to offer more and more “merit scholarships” which are really discounts to the rack rates, in order to attract enough full pay students to keep the entire scheme going.

    • Nickel, you should run for president, my family would vote for you. My wife and I had to pay the full tuition for my three children, two were twins at the same time, NO GRANTS, NO HELP AT ALL, so that the free loaders can attend. Now my wife and I can not retire, we will have to work until we die.

      • I am also putting children through college and I feel your pain. We are not rich by any means. When the financial aid advisor showed me the income level needed to receive a grant, he had to flip over 4 pages to get to our income. Really? Hopefully they will forgive my loans after I die. Maybe we can work at the same place until then?

      • Actually, Nickel along with his facile, outdated, underlined racist views already ran for president & he won. It is currently called Donald J Trump! Although poc, especially blacks should receive more financial aid due to all they’re forced to endure in this horrid White supremacist society, but honestly no one is seriously ignorant enough to believe that white administratively run institutionas would privilege any other group but their own white kind. Race nepotism is alive & well & will continue until the demographics change! That’s just reality. People are egotistical & selfish. Nothing is ever enough. They want it all even the crumbs. Be proud of your selfishness & ignorance, Nickel!
        You are wrong, Nickel. The article lists factual numbers & states the numbers accurately proving whites are the main recipients of financial aid, unless they are too rich to qualify for financial based aid. You are the one who has it wrong!

        • I think you are wrong. Most crimes are commited by blacks, even though they have all the resources available to them for free. Why commit crime? Look up Bill Cosby’s speech on this.

          • Wrong. Whites live in a country where they can fail upwards, be mediocre and still be succesful, yet they commit 70% of the crime. Why aren’t white people satisfied with the unlimited resources they wield in the richest country in the world?

          • Wrong whites commit 60% of all violent crime in America, you also win by large numbers on Rape and sexual crimes against minors. FBI UCR table 14 for 2018. Check for yourself. LMAO

        • Right, white supremacist. Even though we have affirmative action policies that benefit everyone except white men? If it were white supremacist wouldn’t you expect the opposite?

        • Wow Julie V. No, whats rascist is to say that there is a dedicated website for “african american scholarships” based solely on skin color to qualify. If there was a “caucasion american sholarships” site based on skin color, you can bet sh$t would hit the fan!

          • There is a white scholarship fund. It’s called being white in america affords your privilege.

        • Julie V B careful who you called racist he did call you any names and he did not tell you you were wrong Like you said to him that’s the problem with all your bleeding heart liberal’s you look at crappy statistics that the government puts out to make you believe these supposed social inequalities If you look at actual statistics and not snagged from government websites and propaganda from Fox News and other fake news sites then you would see that everything that he is seeing is 100% factual I worked in this industry for many years figuring the statistics and putting them on paper what is released to you is not actual fact the moment that you believe that your government is telling you the truth is the point where you are a fool Everybody in this country deserves the same rights as the next person be it whatever color of skin race nationality sexual credo so maybe minorities should stop leaning on the fact that some crappy things have and are still happening to them the crappy things happen to people all the time all over the world and we get over it and don’t put it on a specific race so why don’t we all just get over the black white conversation and move on to what really matters loving your fellow man treating everybody the way that you would wanna be treated In other words stop making me try to feel bad for being white

        • Actually Julie V, you just shoved racism in someone’s face and somehow brought the presidents name into it. That’s about as racist as calling a minority a racial slur. So thank you for insulting us for our view. Secondly no one in my family received any sort of financial support as white students. Even through my older brother and sister were both valedictorian. I went a different rout and claimed myself as a minority. I get so much financial aid now. Being black comes with unspoken privileges…..

        • But it’s not that way because of race, it’s that way because of numbers. There are less Asians in America so there are less applicants, there are less Mexicans so there are less applicants. I know that racism is out there but this isn’t it. Stop making everything about racism to push a false agenda that is being manufactured to create chaos. We have stopped teaching facts and are now teaching opinion as fact. I don’t care what color you are and that should scare you and be what you are fighting against. Not this.

        • Lots of opinion Julie, short on data. This happens to gullible people all the time. Painting half of the picture is one way the government and media trick the gullible. “Wealth disparity” is one such joke for several reasons. The Federal Reserve is the only pseudo-agency that decided to leave the “Asian” demographic within the “Other” group. This makes charts and tables look like all white folks got it made (because Asians ARE the most successful in America by every useful metric). Other factors ignored in those wealth charts: the average age of the wage-earning white population is higher than the average black age. It’s foolish to compare the wealth accumulation of a thirty-something single-parent black family to that of a fifty-something dual income white family. Far more (33%) black families have one or more working age individuals chronically unemployed vs. 6.4% for white families (US Census Bureau). These statistics are obviously snapshots and change over time. I find your attack on Donald Trump (the president who provided for greater black employment, wage growth, and business/education opportunity than America’s first black president) to be rather bizarre. You’re well trained.

        • Racist Biden when he said you have to be indian to work at a 7-11. When he said he knows whats best for the negro in the 70’s? What about when he said blacks can be as smart as whites? Or when he said if a black person doesn’t vote for him, he ain’t black! That racist? Check you facts idiot. Stop watch only cnn and facebook. What a joke!

        • Ummm. You’re actually wrong. The article shows that whites recieve more merit scholoships. That means that due to hard work and good grades they received minor assistance. Black people recieved scholoships for nothing. They didn’t work hard and dedicate themselves to school and good grades. So why should those who did work hard and take their education seriously get less scholarships and financial assitance and pay more for their education so that the extra money can offset the scholoships given to black people who didnt work hard for it. Now how is that equality? Where is the equal treatment? EVERYONE should receive the SAME scholoships due to merit, period. Not race. Not income. Nothing. JUST hard work. Those who work hard should EARN those grants and scholarships. IDCare what the excuses are. We were slaves so now 200 years later you must now give me give me give me. FYI a HUGE percent of black Americans today aren’t descendants of slavery. Also …. What does shit happening in the world 200 years ago have to do with people now? I dont see the Jews jumping up and down screaming racism and reparations. The history of all humans is war and slavery. Going all the way back. Every nation and group of people have been enslaved at some point in our history. The Vikings took Many Many Many slaves. Africans in africa enslaved waring tribes.

          Its a free country people. We are all equill and free to choose whether we work hard and strive for a good life. Or to slack off and demand handouts and cry like babies screaming its not fair. Actually thats about as fair as fair can get. Oh and I love how white people are racist but black people cant be. I know more black people that hate white people than white people who hate black. As a matter of fact. Its become part of black culture to hate white people these days. That’s racism. And another FWI. America isnt racist. Its the people that are. America offers equality and opportunity. More black people are racist than white. AND most black people in America hate whites so much that their young children use filthy language and opening display hate and racism to whites. They are more violent as well. And this is proven. My own son gets bullied and has racial slurs screamed to him when we go to the local park. Im talking about kids 678 years old. A little girl no older than 6 said to about 15 + black kids “Lets fuck that white mother fucker up. We gone jump his ass. White cracker ass bitch.”…… My son was surrounded buy these kids. Some were about 10 years older than my son. Now my son litterally was trying to play with them. When we got to the park he ran up to the kids who were mainly black and asked if he could play with them. It was at that point the girl said what she said. Now all these kids were willing to beat up another kid just because he was white and because someone said to. Not a single kid that tried to beat him had any interactions with him. They were willing to hurt someone just because. For no reason. Oh and my son has autism. The things they called him and said were revolting. Now this has happened so many times I cant even keep track. That is racism. They are taught from so young to hate white people that they never actually have a chance to decide for themselves. They are brainwashed from young. They are negatively influenced from so young that it becomes the only reality they know. And they do all this while calling the white people racist. We don’t raise our kids to hate an entire race for litterally no reason. Now wonder they are so filled with hate. Its institionialized from so young to hate white people that it becomes so ingrained with in that its all they see and understand. Tell someone their whole life they are worthless to society and to hate white people because they are racist and enslaved black people. What do you expect them to grow up thinking and feeling? Hate and a sense of self worthlessness bause they are black. You are ingraining these ideas into your kids. YOU are MAKING your kids feel like black is bad. You are making them feel ashamed of their race from day one. You telk your lids their whole life that white people cheat them and that the government gives everything to whites and black people get nothing and suffer. That the white man holds them down. How do you exact an entire generation of people being raised to hate and feel like they are victoms see themselves as anything else and believe that they can be anything they want. You are raising your black children to believe they are nothing by teaching them to hate. Teaching them to automatically feel bad about themselves. You are raising them to see themselves as victims. To see themsleves as nothing more than being black. How about you stop talking about race at home. Stop teaching your kids to hate whites and to feel worthless in comparison. I don’t talk about black people and hating them and calling them names and telling my kids that they think they are better than us and that the goverment is only on their side and that we are suppressed. If you raise a child like this you have robbed them of their identity. You have place an identy on them based on your own hate. You rob them of self discovery. You raise them feeling, knowing they are worthless. You help write the script of your childs life. You instil self love and self asteem. If you raise your kids to believe they can be and will be what ever they want and that hard work will get you there. Then we wouldn’t have an entire country of young black people that think they can’t and that its the white person’s fault that they can’t. Some how you have raised your kids to feel so bad about themselves and feel so hated by white people and America that they believe that white people actually get more than them. They actually belive they arent free and that they are repressed. That they need to fight for equal rights. They feel repressed becsuee thats what they have been taught. This isnt a white people problem. This is a black people problem. Tell a kid their whe life they suppressed and hated and that’s what they will believe. And they will believe that as their default. And always will. Even if facts can be shown and reall evidence can be provided …. They just wont be able to see past the hate and self hate you placed on them by teaching them that society hates them. If society hates them ready and if they are being suppressed……whats the point in trying hard when they already know they will never amount to anything. Whe. They believe that the world is working against them because they are black.
          Work Hard and earn your place in this world like everyone else. Hard work. Dedication. Just Do It. Earn it and no one can take it from you. Parents….. You start your childs book of life for them. Then as they get older they build on that story. What story will you give your kids to build on?

        • If President Trump was so racist, why did he support and sign the 10 year guarantee to Federally fund traditionally Black colleges and universities, pass the prison reform bill …??? Get over your racist, Marxist hatred and listen to something other than MSM.

        • You seem to be the racist one spreading hate, lies, and propaganda. Fyi Trump Helped Blacks more than any other President in History besides Lincoln. Remember opertunity zones and 10 year historic black college contract?? The racist is in office currently named Biden, was even friends with KKK member Robert Byrd.

      • To divert the subject and direct the attention to affirmative action was a solution to a problem. This caused inequalities mainly against whites known as reverse discrimination. I as a child was raised in a neighborhood and school system that placed me and my siblings as minorities.

        I have no issues with it today, all my friends were black and it was not always fair for me, I was overlooked in sports, music and other classes such as math and spelling, I dropped out of school in the 9th. grade due to death threats on my life. The principal graduated me 3 months prior to the end of school term.

        The principal told my Dad to put me in a private school, we could not afford it, I got multiple jobs and when I turned 17 I joined the Army.

        Today I’m 63 and have worked hard and built multiple corporations with hundreds of employees of the years.

        I can only imagine if I could have got through school and college what could I have become.

        My Dad worked for the US Postal Service his whole life from when he was an messenger boy at age 15 and when he finished college and served 6 years in the Marine corps and came back to the Postal Service.

        He put in 31 years with the postal service and in the first 21 years a position came up for a supervisor spot he applied for it and took the mandatory test.
        My Dad aced the test only 1 in about 100 people of the entire postal service upto that date.

        My Dad did not get the job, it was given to a black man who made a lower score but because he was black they credited him with points which placed his score higher than my Dads.

        That broke my Dads spirit, he was forced to hire an attorney and started a lawsuit against the Government, the settlement was he got the same pay as if he were in the supervisor spot.

        So this is the same in the grants, and I know racism and I know reverse racism, our country and colleges will fail if equality does not start, equality for races. These children and young adults have had nothing to do with the past in the 50’s-60’s-70’s. When will the crutches stop being abused, people will never walk if their not doing it own.

        Give a man a fish, he’ll eat 1 day! Give a man a fishing pole, he’ll eat for life!
        Same with an education, if it’s not earned then the drive to make it work will fail the majority of the time.

        I have raised my children to defend all, there is no color in my family we are humans. But seeing the kids today, the parent should be ashamed.

      • Spot on. I retired from a State College and personally know of a family who sent their Three Kids through College all free of charge ! They all three graduated and all three wasted the degrees and work menial low paying jobs due to refusing to move away from the area ! The family received every form of public assistance there was and even the kids were each paid millage for commuting back and forth although they all rode together. The son bought a home afterwards by getting section eight rent assistance and rented on a rent to own contract with the landlord !!
        I during my working career saw Black students start school and were given free dorm rooms, food tickets for three meals a day, all tuition and books paid for free. They often did not even show up for classes, and would start all over again next semester ! Some were there for years and no closer to graduating than when they started.
        Our local News TV Network just last month reported on our University having a Black player now in his “EIGHTH YEAR” playing college football ? Why has he not graduated and gone to work ?
        Guess there will always be folks who work the system and win !

    • I don’t know about anyone here but I don’t get a penny from financial aid and am having to pay full price by working my way through that means I don’t have as much time for studying like someone who receives financial aid and pays less and it takes away from the quality of my education.

    • Nickel, I am not agreeing or disagreeing with what you are saying, in fact I wouldn’t doubt that’s true. I was just curious where, if anywhere, you got your information from?Thanks

    • IF you want fairness – then the application should be like EUROPE. List only your nationality – but it cant be. That would be considered, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY of AMERICANS WHO WOULD POSSIBLY THEN GET FREE EDUCATION???

    • I I would like to share my own personal story as it pertains to financial aid… like many Americans, I had to get financial aid and student loans in order to pay for my education. In my first semester, and each subsequent semester, I made the President’s List (a 4.0 gpa) and was therefore granted the Presidential Scholarship of $1,000/semester. I will never forget going into the financial aid office to claim my scholarship only to find out that my Pell Grant money (this is the free scholarship money you don’t have to pay back) had been reduced by the same amount, $1,000… so I was essentially being punished for making good grades.
      My childhood friend, who is a woman of color and belonged to the same tax bracket as me, didn’t have to take out any student loans. With grades just barely good enough to pass, her entire college education, along with money for housing, food and any extra essentials, was paid for with Pell grant money awarded to her based solely on the color of her skin. Both of us have college degrees, but only one of us has any student debt… It just happens to be the one with a 4.0 GPA and white skin.

    • I have been reading all these comments. My wife is black and my son. They get all sorts of assistance for being a black women, black man etc. white people are expected to afford education but that’s not the facts. There are plenty of white kids that are wanting to go but when they seek assistance, where do they go? Military? Yep and that’s where I went. They have black colleges etc. what if there was a “Historically White” college? That college would either be torn down or integrated at some point. Minorities who think the country is against them, do your research and get off your back side and lap up this free education or get the hell out of the country you claim does t want you. Yes my wife and I argue this all the time.

  2. Yes, many are reading and I know many who are well informed who were previous subscribers to the print edition. This journal is very informative although we may not agree with everything published.

  3. The discrepancy between the number of whites and blacks receiving merit based financial aid speaks volumes. The reality is that colleges and universities are wasting time, money and effort on students who are not capable or ill prepared to function on the collegate level.. The state of education in this nation has been circling the drain for years and will continue to do so as long as long as mediocrity, not excellence, is an acceptable goal.

      • EJ, I guess you don’t like it when someone speaks the truth. What Sukey says is 100% correct, but by your reply to their comment, I’m guessing you prefer race-based scholarships over merit-based ones, huh? Being a ‘minority’ should supersede having ability and actually deserving an award because of effort, right? Please.

  4. Don’t the findings of the report tend to show that despite decades of trying to improve the educational system of K through 12 we have failed in neighborhoods that suffer economically.

    • Of course it does. But aggravated white people refuse to acknowledge that the economic disparity that continues to fuel the educational inequalities continues to create situations where poor people, many of them POC, are unable to break into the middle class because they lack the preparation to succeed in college.

      • White people have very fragile egos. They hate and denigrate a minority group that is purposefully disadvanated. Yet, a when a religious minority group (not even racial), like white Jews out perform them, they hate and denigrate them.

        • “White people have very fragile egos.” Are you kidding me? This kind of racist drivel should have died decades ago. How is this any different than the sort of gross generalizations like “black people are very lazy”. As for white Jews outperforming whites, I don’t know of anyone ever hating or denigrating them. I think you are just projecting your own biases.

  5. Please understand what is done for one is done for all. No one goes without the basic necesities. What the students do with them is up to how they were raised. It has next to nothing to do with the socio economic situation of the student.

    Please understand what is done for one is done for all. No one goes without the basic necessities to receive an education. What the students do with them is up to how they were raised. It has next to nothing to do with the socio economic situation of the student

    • I’m sorry, but I think you are being disingenuous here. You cannot say that a student who attends a school in an underfunded urban school is having the same educational opportunities as one who attends school in a well-funded suburban community.

      Add to that the class and wealth advantages of growing up in a middle class home over poverty and you magnify the already existent inequities.

      Certainly, I understand your point. I believe you are saying that prioritizing educational opportunities starts at home. That what children are taught to value will determine their success.

      The fallacy in that assumption is that even though a family in urban poverty that stresses the value of an education will not always have the knowledge, experience, or financial resources to sustain a young person through the inevitable pitfalls of completing a degree from an institution of higher ed. Additionally, those pitfalls may be deeper and more confounding than those for young people whose parents have better economic means.

      • The crickets on this comment let’s you know white people enjoy the privilege of their ignorance. They know exactly what is going on, but ultimately choose to deflect or completely ignore the facts and irrefutable truths. They suffer from cognitive dissonance as an whole ( maybe not a whole but, 99.99999%)

  6. I wonder what the average grant/scholarship is for each type? From what I have been researching merit based awards tend to have higher dollar amounts than need based awards. For example the average Pell grant award which is common to needy students only pays on average 1/3 the annual tuition, while some merit based awards cover four years education. (I know that some does not equal all).
    I am curious and would like to find more information about what exactly constitutes merit. Would two students from different circumstances receive equal consideration when advantages/disadvantages are included? For example, would a disadvantaged student from an mediocre school who works hard but still ends up with a lower SAT receive the same type of consideration as an advantaged student from a better school with college prep classes and a higher SAT? How does a college distinguish between a hardworking B student and a coasting through B student? Can they make the determination on who is more meritorious? On one hand the hardworking student is more meritorious simply based on effort, but the second student could have gotten better grades if they tried, and who knows perhaps during college they will find the motivation to strive? By what process does a college select for merit?
    I appreciate any information that could help resolve my inquiry!

    • Merit is determined by each scholarship individually, and an SAT score and grades may have nothing to do with it. If a school is trying to attract star football players, the Merit Scholarship will be based on who the school thinks will be an asset to their football team. In that case, who works harder also will not have anything to do with it, it will be case on the sports skill of the person in question. Or, if we say that skill is a result of how hard a person has worked at it, then the difference will be readily apparent. The same thing goes for musicians and any other sports. The number of merit scholarships based on grades and educational merit is a small percentage of the number and dollar amount of merit scholarships. Another example – I was scholarship chairman for a private organization that offered an annual merit scholarship. The qualifying factor was an essay written by the applicant. Identifying information of any kind (name, age, sex, race, etc.) was prohibited in the body of the essay. All essays were judged blind by a *minimum* of 5 people and the scores averaged. Punctuation, spelling and grammar as well as content were the criteria. People who put more effort into learning and more care into their essays, did better.

  7. Most of these comments are hateful. The people saying college should not be free are selfish. Sure you work to get your kids through college, good job! You working to get your kids through college do not make any other college students less meaningful. You are also insisting that children who are not lucky enough to have parents to give them a full ride to college should not have access to an education. Maybe you all should step in a time machine, and go back to Colonial times when only rich white people could go to college. While you are there, have fun learning mostly about the Puritan faith! Really ignorant, greedy, and entitled people here. Have fun working forever, you are creating lazy children in the process. Don’t complain about a lifestyle that you chose.

  8. Well there is the military they will pay for it all and just because you are in the military doesn’t mean you go off and fight wars lol it’s the MOS you choose. Keep your kids out of trouble and if you can’t afford to send them the Military is a great option opens so many doors but kids now a days are scared of dedication and discipline. No matter rich or poor. If the young man or woman want that education then do whatever it takes and go get it. National guard has a great program also college first program allows them not to be deployed for up to two years. It’s all based off the job you choose if you are on the front line. Now once they get out there are so many opportunities to go back as a contractor and make well over 100000 a year. Do you realize Afg and Iraq is probably safer then Chicago. Have a great day people

  9. There a lot of hateful comments in here that have no statistical data attached to them. A lot of people under here are very racist, and unless you do not believe in God you need to take a step back and realize you aren’t doing what he sent you on this Earth to do. You are the problem with this life. If being poor and needing financial aid because of a system that is stacked against you from birth because of your skin color means you don’t deserve to have the same access to education, then we aren’t living by the constitution you worship so much. We are not treated equal, we are not seen of the same value. Yet everyone is allowed to copy our culture, everyone is allowed to take credit for the inventions of my ancestors, and everyone is allowed to hate and take take TAKE from the people on the bottom. If there’s anyone to hate, it’s the billionaires who hoard all of the wealth from everyone below them. They complain about their salaries not being enough when most of us barely make enough to survive to the next month. THey could literally donate half of their income and still live the same lifestyle. If we gave away half our income, we would not be ALIVE.

  10. So many people in this thread claim that white people are racist for even having the opinion that white kids are disadvantaged when it comes to receiving incentives for college. News flash, calling a white person outdated and racist for their opinion is every bit as racist as using a slander term against a minority. It literally shows that you have a bleeding hatred for the race. Even though people are pulling facts anti whites such as Julie v just scream the racist card and reject/discredit facts based on skin color.

    To obtain more info on this look into how panels reject white male students with exceptionally better credentials to that of a black student. The same discrimination applies to other races than just whites, Indian and Asians get the same mistreatment.
    Black privilege is live and real.

  11. And it was that ‘wonderful’ legislator who succeeded his opposition, Lyndon Baines Johnson, who gleefully said, upon passing the laws necessary all the modern-day welfare reform and give-a-way mentality that exists, “I’ll have those N—— voting Democratic for the next 200 years!”

    If anyone’s statue needs to be torn down, his is a good place to start…. not some war memorial that supposedly invokes a phony pang of nausea.

    If all lives matter, what about the lost 95 percent of African Americans murdered by other African Americans? Don’t they matter? BLM ignores them.

  12. […] The socioeconomic status of the family’s students come from affects educational attainment. Most people of color are in low- or middle-income households and the students from these households are forced to choose between accruing debt to pursue a degree that does not guarantee employment or becoming a part of the job market which promises them no promotion or pay raise. “Graduates who hailed from households with incomes of at least $116,000—the top quarter—represented more than half of all the degrees awarded in 2014 among 24-year-olds. Students from households that earned less than $35,000—the lowest quarter—represented just 10 percent of all the degrees awarded” (Zinshteyn, 2016).[8]Socioeconomic status represents a major hurdle for people of color and those in lower income households from achieving a master’s degree. The government and higher education institutions can bridge this gap in education attainment but grants and scholarships are largely merit based in higher education versus needs based meaning many people of color are not able to access those opportunities. There are studies conducted that point to a bias against students of color when awarding merit based aid. Source. […]

  13. My mom used to say to me stop worrying about what other people have your not them your Annmarie and if I keep sitting around worrying such a thing I’ll never have anything because I’m to busy worrying about what others have and never went out there to make my own hope and dreams. Comparing yourself with others in it self is oppressive. For anyone to continue to blame others for my destiny sounds like they want me to fail and not succeed. It’s always negative blame on others instead of blaming myself for not achieving more in life if I didn’t get out their and claw my way through life. Nothing is promised in life no matter you what where and why person you are. Stop worrying about others and worry about yourself because nobody else really is worried about you.

  14. Until personal responsibility makes a comeback, there is no solution to social injustices. You can make as many avenues of equality you want but as long as the people are not held responsible for their own actions, it won’t solve the problem. You say white people need to do more? Why? Because they aren’t being held responsible for the actions they take to help the problem. This should hold true for ALL sides. Black people need to be held responsible for their actions. Sure, some inequality prevents groups from doing their best. But in every sense of education, you only go so far as the parents and students try. If they don’t try, then anything white people do is jusy a handput that

  15. Comparison is the thief of joy. I’ve noticed that many Republicans have this stance that there should be an even platform for all students regardless of color and the same for work.. This by its very nature is a form of socialism. Hypocrisy exists because many white republicans go to work and see a Black or Asian guy or girl being more successful then themselves and don’t understand why they don’t have that better job. As a white guy who benefits from being a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe I find both sides very interesting because it’s almost comical the way Republicans rich and poor support socially progressive programs when it benefits themselves. People of color work their asses off to have to prove it to other privileged white people that they are the best candidate for better jobs. I’ve seen good and bad on both sides of the fence. How many people of color get the chance to be the first kid to graduate from college and you feel that because they got more financial aid aid that’s not fair. Well, privileged white guy or privileged white gal tough sh@t. You can’t have it both ways ( my child gets free college and the black kid doesn’t. Color Suppression has to end.

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