Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)



First Advisor

Velma Lashbrook

Second Advisor

Thomas Morgan

Third Advisor

Garry Hesser


The framework for this research comes from my professional experiences with the undocumented student population at three small, private, liberal arts institutions. Through these experiences, I have encountered that due to the lack of policy and/or communications of policy, treatment of financial aid resources are not equitable among these students within the same setting. The agenda for the research comes from direct work with undocumented students who are seeking clarity on their options. There are no published data on how private higher education institutions are addressing the issue of access for undocumented students. Therefore, the purpose of this research was to collect data from a comparison cohort of private higher education institutions to determine what is being done to address the issue of access. The focus was to find out potential policy options for small, private liberal arts institutions to adopt to address the issue of accessibility. What I discovered was that responses varied from no response at all, to no access policy in place, to informal access polices in place.


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