Date of Award

January 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Steven LeMire


The purpose of this study was to investigate whether there are different outcomes for students on the two tuition models that were used in a tribal college in the state of North Dakota. Did financial aid play a role in the outcomes with the two tuition models that were used?

In an attempt to establish the relationship, the investigation considered whether the student was a full time or part time students, grade point average for each term enrolled, cumulative grade point average for each semester enrolled and length in time to departure. These factors were determined by the researcher and while the students were in attendance at the tribal college.

The investigation utilized a quantitative approach with an ex post facto design. Specifically, the study compared students who received some type of financial assistance and paid their tuition to students who did not receive any type of financial assistance and did not pay their tuition. Data for the six-year period beginning with the fall of 2008 formed the basis for this study. Included in the data retrieval was information concerning college grade point average, sex, age, ethnicity, financial aid awarded, and outstanding tuition balance.