Dissertation

Negotiating the economic challenges of attaining a college degree: a phenomenological exploration of Mong students and federal Pell Grants

Under a Critical Race Theory with a class analysis (Dumas, 2013; Leonardo, 2012), this phenomenology explored the lived experiences of Mong college undergraduate students who rely on Federal Pell Grants and investigated how they negotiated economic challenges while pursuing a college degree. This research utilized Giorgi’s (2009) Descriptive Phenomenological Method to explore the experiences of undergraduate Mong college students. This research utilized Giorgi’s (2009) Descriptive Phenomenology Method to explore the experiences of undergraduate Mong college students by focusing on three research questions. 1. How do Mong undergraduate college students describe their experience utilizing their Federal Pell Grants? 2. What other streams of financial support do low-income Mong undergraduate college students have available while pursuing their degree? 3. What do Mong undergraduate college students express as necessary measures to improve their current economic condition? A general structure emerged for each research question that described the experiences of undergraduate Mong students who are recipients of Federal Pell Grants. This study recommends higher education institutions, policymakers, and administrators to be critical in their assessment of the needs and assistance of Mong college students.

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