Posted on May 17, 2024

Red State University Accused of Giving More Financial Aid to Black Students

Jamie Joseph, Fox News, May 15, 2024

Students at the University of Oklahoma on Wednesday filed a class action lawsuit alleging the school violated their equal protection clause rights by awarding students financial aid on the basis of race.

Plaintiffs Brayden Johnson, Logan Rhines and Kayla Savage — all undergraduate students — claimed in a lawsuit that the university “places a high value on racial diversity,” particularly Black students, through various “race conscious” programs on campus that begin before enrollment and continue through graduation.

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Black students receive more financial grants compared to other racial groups, based on the university’s published enrollment data it reported to the Department of Education from 2009 to 2022, “even when controlling to the extent possible for factors such as family income,” the lawsuit alleged.

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The students alleged that because of the university’s “race-based financial aid decision making,” they received fewer grants “than they would have if the University of Oklahoma did not discriminate on the basis of race when awarding financial aid.” All three students identified as “white” and “non-Hispanic” when applying for grants.

Savage, who is a senior at the school, alleged in the lawsuit that a university official told her “that financial aid was generally not available to students like her,” but would have been if she were Black.

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