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NCES 2020460 Profile of Very Low- and Low-Income Undergraduates in 2015–16
This Statistics in Brief focuses on two groups of low-income undergraduate students enrolled in U.S. postsecondary institutions in 2015–16: very low- and low-income students, defined as those whose family incomes fell below 50 percent and between 50 and 100 percent, respectively, of the federal poverty level for their family size. This report compares these students’ demographic and enrollment characteristics, financial aid, and price of attendance with those of students whose family incomes were above the federal poverty level. This report draws on data from the 2015–16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:16).
10/1/2019
NCES 2019485 Trends in Graduate Student Financing: Selected Years, 2003–04 to 2015–16
These tables present data from four administrations of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (2003–04, 2007–08, 2011–12, and 2015–16) showing trends in how graduate students financed their education. Data include the demographic attributes and academic characteristics of graduate students and the average price of attendance for the programs in which they were enrolled. The tables provide detail about the proportion of students who received financial aid and the average amounts of various types of aid received, including grants and scholarships, loans, assistantships, and employer aid. The data show trends in the ratio of loans to total aid amount, maximum federal borrowing, and the cumulative indebtedness of graduate students. The data are presented by various demographic and enrollment characteristics, including degree program.
9/6/2019
NCES 2019437 Changes in Undergraduate Program Completers’ Borrowing Rates and Loan Amounts by Age: 1995–96 Through 2015–16
This Data Point examines the percentage of undergraduate students who had ever borrowed for postsecondary education and compares borrowing rates and loan amounts among five age groups from 1995–96 through 2015–16.
8/20/2019
NCES 2019486 Trends in Undergraduate Nonfederal Grant and Scholarship Aid by Demographic and Enrollment Characteristics: Selected Years, 2003–04 to 2015–16
These tables present data from four administrations of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (2003–04, 2007–08, 2011–12, and 2015–16) on nonfederal grant aid and scholarship aid awarded to undergraduate students. Nonfederal grant and scholarship aid is financial aid awarded by states, institutions, employers, and private organizations. Grants and scholarships, unlike loans, do not need to be repaid and are traditionally awarded on the basis of financial need, merit (e.g., academic or athletic), or a combination of need and merit. Estimates in these tables include the percentage of undergraduates who received nonfederal aid and the average amounts they received, by aid type (need- or merit-based), source (state, institution, or employer), and selected student and institutional characteristics.
8/14/2019
NCES 2019241 Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B:16/17): A First Look at the Employment and Educational Experiences of College Graduates, 1 Year Later
This report describes outcomes of 2015–16 bachelor’s degree recipients 1 year after graduation. Outcomes include time to degree, amount borrowed for undergraduate education, postbaccalaureate enrollment, employment status, earnings and job characteristics, and steps taken toward a career in teaching. These findings are based on data from the first follow-up of the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B:16/17), a nationally representative longitudinal sample survey of students who completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree during the 2015–16 academic year.
7/10/2019
NCES 2019473 Student Financing of Undergraduate Education in 2015–16: Income, Tuition, and Total Price
These tables present estimates from the 2015–16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:16), a nationally representative study of how students and families pay for college in the United States. The estimates include information on families’ income, cost of attendance, and financial aid received. The estimates are provided for groups of students based on the control and level of the institutions attended, their demographic characteristics, enrollment patterns, and dependency status.
3/21/2019
NCES 2019475 Student Financing of Undergraduate Education in 2015–16: Students’ Net Price, Expected Family Contribution, and Financial Need
These tables present estimates from the 2015–16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:16), a nationally representative study of how students and families pay for college in the United States. The estimates include information on families’ income, cost of attendance, and financial aid received. The estimates are provided for groups of students based on the control and level of the institutions attended, their demographic characteristics, enrollment patterns, and dependency status.
3/21/2019
NCES 2018061 Why Didn’t Students Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? A Detailed Look
This Statistics in Brief builds on prior NCES publications to provide an updated and detailed look at why students, or their parents, reported that they did not complete the FAFSA.
12/19/2018
NCES 2018482 2015–16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:16) Data File Documentation
The 2015-16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:16) data file documentation has been produced to familiarize data users with the design and the procedures followed in data collection and processing. It also provides information that will be helpful to analysts in accessing and understanding the restricted-use files. The NPSAS sample includes students attending postsecondary institutions in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico that were eligible to participate in the federal financial aid programs in Title IV of the Higher Education Act. NPSAS focuses on how students and their families pay for postsecondary education, and contains a wide range of demographic information about the nation’s postsecondary students.
5/15/2018
NCES 2018484 2015-16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:16) Restricted-Use Data File
The 2015–16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study restricted-use data file contains data on a sample of 89,000 undergraduate and 24,000 graduate students attending 1,800 postsecondary institutions in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico that were eligible to participate in the federal financial aid programs in Title IV of the Higher Education Act. NPSAS focuses on how students and their families pay for postsecondary education, and contains a wide range of demographic information about the nation’s postsecondary students.
5/15/2018
NCES 2017136 IPEDS Presents: NCES Postsecondary Surveys

IPEDS brochures inform data users (e.g., researchers, policy makers, members of the media, the general public, etc.) about the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

Title IV institutions participate in any of the Title IV federal student financial aid programs administered by the office of Federal Student Aid (FSA). Through several postsecondary data collections, NCES gathers information about where and how the aid is distributed and whether it had an impact on student outcomes.

This brochure describes the NCES postsecondary surveys, including: the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS), and Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B).

4/30/2018
NCES 2018401 Debt After College: Employment, Enrollment, and Student-Reported Stress and Outcomes
These Web Tables present information obtained from the 2008/12 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B:08/12) and provide estimates of financial, employment, and enrollment outcomes in the 4 years following graduation for graduates with various levels of student loan debt. The outcomes and decisions of 2007–08 bachelor’s degree recipients are of particular interest because this cohort completed college during the most recent economic recession, which can have implications for outcomes related to employment and additional education (Grusky, Western, and Wimer 2011). B&B:08/12 is a nationally representative, longitudinal sample survey of students who completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree during the 2007–08 academic year. The data for this report are drawn from the second follow-up, which was conducted in 2012–13. Results are presented by the amount students borrowed, ratio of loan payment to monthly salary, occupation, postbaccalaureate enrollment characteristics, undergraduate institution control, bachelor’s degree major, and demographic characteristics.
4/11/2018
NCES 2018411 1996/2001 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study Restricted-Use Data File (including the 2015 Federal Student Aid Supplement)
The 1996/01 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:96/01) restricted-use data file contains data on a nationally representative sample of students who began postsecondary education for the first time in the 1995-96 academic year. These sample members were interviewed in their first, third, and sixth year since entering college. These record-level data are based on student interviews and other administrative data sources and allow users to examine topics related to enrollment, persistence, and degree attainment over six academic years, from 1995-96 to 2000-01. The file includes data from 2015 Federal Student Aid Supplement, which appended student loan data from the National Student Loan Data System through 2015.
11/9/2017
NCES 2018412 2004/2009 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study Restricted-Use Data File (including the 2015 Federal Student Aid Supplement and postsecondary education transcripts)
The 2004/09 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:04/09) restricted-use data file contains data on a nationally representative sample of students who began postsecondary education for the first time in the 2003-04 academic year. These sample members were interviewed in their first, third, and sixth year since entering college. These record-level data are based on student interviews and other administrative data sources and allow users to examine topics related to enrollment, persistence, and degree attainment over six academic years, from 2003-04 to 2008-09. The file includes data from the postsecondary education transcripts (PETS) and the 2015 Federal Student Aid Supplement (which appended student loan data from the National Student Loan Data System through 2015).
11/9/2017
NCES 2018409 2015 Federal Student Aid Supplement for the 1996 and 2004 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study Cohorts
This publication provides guidance and documentation to users of the 2015 Federal Student Aid (FSA) Supplements. The 2015 FSA Supplements append data from the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) to the 1996/2001 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:96/01) and the 2004/2009 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS:04/09) Restricted Use Data Files.
10/5/2017
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