Aid to and from Family by Immigrants in College

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Jonathan A. Harris (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Arielle Kuperberg

Abstract: This thesis examines various types of financial transfers between college students and their family members and how they differ by immigration status. Types of financial transfers examined include whether family members: helped students make tuition or loan payments, paid for unexpected expenses, provided health insurance, gave assistance with utilities and credit card payments, rent payments, or provided a regular allowance. Variables used to measure transfers from students to family members are whether students: babysat family member’s children or let family members live with them during college, and whether these services were done for free, and whether students gave money to family members while in college. Data was collected from a 2017 survey examining how over 3,000 college students pay for and experience college at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Rutgers University - Camden. Results were analyzed using mixed effects logistic regressions that controlled for gender, race, class, highest level of parent’s education, and for each university where data was collected. Results show immigrants are less likely to receive assistance with tuition or student loan payments, help with unexpected expenses, or be provided with health insurance by family members. Immigrants are less likely than non-immigrants to help their family members by babysitting for them, but twice as likely to help by letting them live with them during college. Immigrants not only let their family members live with them at a greater rate than non-immigrants, they also do so for free more often than non-immigrants. Lastly, immigrants babysit for their families less frequently than non-immigrants. Other results show immigrants and non-immigrants do not significantly differ in terms of aid received for utilities and credit card payments, rent, money given to family, receipt of allowance, or babysitting for free.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2019
Immigrant, College, Financial Transfers, Family Exchanges, Immigration, Education, Disparities, Sociology

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