Once, Oregon’s Black students went to college at higher rates than their white classmates. Not anymore

In late May, so close to high school’s finish line that she could almost taste it, Amiya Roberts was seized by momentary terror.

Dreaming ahead to college in the fall, the Reynolds High School senior logged into her Portland State University freshman profile and found notifications that she had been approved for a $5,500 loan and to pay $4,000 from earnings in a work-study position.

The only problem? She didn’t remember applying for either a loan or an on-campus job.

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