Keys That Jingle and Fold: Federal Student Aid and the Expansion of Educational Opportunity for Black Women


Journal Article

© 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Since the mid-20th century, the United States has seen a dramatic increase in Black women’s educational attainment. Given Black women’s status as “double minorities” and their disproportionate representation among low-income Americans, this trend has important implications for equal opportunity in the United States. While scholars recognize higher education as a central determinant of socioeconomic well-being and political engagement, we have yet to consider the role that federal higher education policies have played in expanding Black women’s access to college degrees. This article examines the extent to which student aid programs have supported Black women’s educational pursuits and influenced their educational attainment. I find that financial aid usage is associated with greater educational attainment and is perceived by Black women as significantly expanding educational opportunity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rose, D

Published Date

  • July 3, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 363 - 384

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1554-4788

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1554-477X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/1554477X.2016.1219592

Citation Source

  • Scopus