At public two-year institutions, 81 percent of Black students, 76 percent of Latinx students, and 72 percent of Asian and Native students have unmet need compared to 66 percent of white students.
However, among all racial/ethnic minorities, Asian-American students have the highest dollar amount of unmet need.
For example, Asian-American students in the bottom income quartile (dependent students earning less than $27,900 and independent students earning less than $7,200) have an average unmet need of $8,507.
Any number of these factors could be driving the high amount of unmet need among Asian-American students.
CLASP’s report on unmet need further breaks down the challenges low-income students and students of color face in postsecondary affordability and offers recommendations on improving financial aid policies to meet the needs of today’s students.