Contextual Conditions that Influence Migrant Students to Pursue Higher Education

The research illuminates the challenges Latino migrant students face and what motivates or unmotivates them to pursue higher education. The participants represent 20 university migrant alumni and 20 non-college/university migrant workers with high school diplomas. The research used a mixed-methods approach (e.g., surveys, interviews). Results indicate challenges faced by migrant high school students in educational decisions, including motivation, and parent and educational support systems. In addition, the research highlights contextual conditions and specific migrant services that contributed positively to students’ lives. This research provides recommendations to educational institutions that could potentially increase the level of motivation in migrant students to pursue higher education.