February 2011

As Latino representation in U.S. higher education grows, a reality check of institutional practices that support Latino students' access, persistence, and graduation is needed. This brief examines financial aid strategies aimed at increasing enrollment, academic success and degree completion at eight Texas Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) located along the U.S.-Mexico border serving low-income communities. These institutions rank among the top institutions, both statewide and nationally, in enrolling and graduating Latino students:

    

  • Texas A&M International University
  • The University of Texas at Brownsville
  • The University of Texas at El Paso
  • The University of Texas Pan American
  • Laredo Community College
  • Texas Southmost College
  • El Paso County Community College District
  • South Texas College

Understanding what influences Latino students' financial aid choices and which institutional practices are effective in enrolling, retaining, and graduating Latino students is directly relevant to other institutions that are only beginning to experience growth in the number of their non-traditional students. The findings of this brief are intended to inform the programs and services at institutions with growing Hispanic enrollment, as well as state and federal policymakers addressing the broader growth of Hispanic students throughout higher education.

  • HSI Research
  • Issue Brief
  • Financial Aid

Resources

Reality Check: Hispanic-Serving Institutions on the Texas Border Strategizing Financial Aid

Research File

Executive Summary - Reality Check: Hispanic-Serving Institutions on the Texas Border Strategizing Financial Aid