Exploring Saving for Education in American Indian Communities

Native Families and Communities

In this mixed methods research project, we addressed saving for education in American Indian communities in North Carolina. Qualitative research in the study investigated whether American Indian parents save for post-secondary education, and what methods of saving are culturally acceptable. The research also sought to identify how saving for post-secondary education could be facilitated for American Indian parents, both by improving the design of financial products and removing barriers to saving.  

The study also employed a quantitative approach to test significant indicators of saving for post-secondary education among American Indian adults, and to spatially assess North Carolina’s 529 College Savings Plan awareness. 

Principal Investigator

Michael Sherraden

CSD Founding Director,
George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor


Lissa Johnson

CSD Associate Director; Director of Administration and Research;
Co-Director Financial Capability and Asset Building