Federick Ngo

Associate Professor of Higher Education
Expertise: Higher education policy, College access and success, Community colleges


Federick Ngo is an associate professor in UNLV's College of Education. His work examines the impact of higher education policy and practice on college access and success, with a focus on community college students.

Ngo has studied topics including the implementation and impact of developmental/remedial education and developmental education reforms, the persistence and attainment of under-served students in the community college setting, undocumented students, and the role of math in college access. The former high school math teacher's research projects have been funded by entities such as the National Science Foundation. He was the recipient of the UNLV College of Education's Early Career Award in 2020 and the Distinguished Research Award in 2023.

His work has been featured in media outlets including U.S. News & World Report, Salon, Inside Higher Ed, and The Conversation.


  • Ph.D., Urban Education Policy, University of Southern California
  • M.A., Economics, University of Southern California
  • M.A., International Education Administration and Policy Analysis, Stanford University
  • M.A., Teaching of Mathematics, Stanford University
  • B.A., Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University

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Federick Ngo In The News

It’s been a year of missteps, miscalculations, confusion, delays, glitches, and frustration after the botched launch of the simplified FAFSA, which has prevented financial aid packages from being awarded to students with ample time to make plans for their future.
Community colleges have more "in language" classes
K.S.N.V. T.V. News 3
The U.S. Department of Education announced more than 4 million are enrolled in the Biden-Harris administration's plan to help ease the cost of student loan payments.
Las Vegas Review-Journal En Español
After Biden announced his plans this week, which include forgiving up to $20,000 to students who received Pell grants, there was an outpouring of mixed responses across the country, with many recent college graduates celebrating and economists concerned about the national debt.

Articles Featuring Federick Ngo

a female student sits in the grass by a tree reading a book
Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

Frederick Ngo poses in front of tables and chairs in a classroom.
People | April 15, 2019

The former high school teacher dove into education policy research after realizing that many of his students went on to college but later dropped out.

students holding protest signs
Research | December 20, 2018

UNLV professor Federick J. Ngo on how tuition waivers opened doors for undocumented students — and what other states could learn from the Golden State's policy.