Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability
Black students with disabilities face more hurdles to academic success and completion than do their non-Black non-disabled peers. With an increased reliance on student loans to finance higher education, this double-at-risk population is even more vulnerable than either Black or disabled students individually. This study examines whether there is an additional debt burden to this intersectional population. The Baccalaureate and Beyond public dataset was used to explore student debt for students who graduated in 2017. This analysis found that Black students with disabilities graduated with significantly higher debt burdens than either non-disabled Black students or students with disabilities from other racial backgrounds. Implications for research, policy, and practice are discussed. Importantly, Black student veterans with disabilities were found to have student debt even with the assistance of the G.I. Bill.
Original Publication Citation
Bullington, K., Bills, K. L., Thomas, D. J., & Nuckols, W. L. (2022). Above-average student loan debt for students with disabilities attending postsecondary institutions. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 35(1), 31-44.
Bullington, Kim; Bills, Kaycee L.; Thomas, David J.; and Nuckols, William L., "Above-Average Student Loan Debt for Students with Disabilities Attending Postsecondary Institutions" (2022). Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Faculty Publications. 119.