Family Income by Postsecondary Sector, 2007–08

About 40% of dependent undergraduate students from families with incomes below $40,000 were enrolled in two-year public colleges in 2007–08. Seventeen percent of those from families with incomes of $120,000 or higher were enrolled in this sector.

Figure 2.4b: Family Income Distribution of Dependent Students Within Postsecondary Sectors, 2007–08

Figure 2.4b: Family Income by Postsecondary Sector, 2007–08

Notes & Sources 

Note: Percentages may not add to 100 due to rounding.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2008a.

  • Over half of the dependent students enrolled in for-profit institutions in 2007-08 were from families with incomes below $40,000. One-third of two-year public college students and 21% of students at public doctorate-granting universities were from these low-income families.
  • One-third of dependent undergraduates enrolled in private not-for-profit doctorate-granting universities were from families with incomes of $120,000 or higher. One-quarter of students enrolled in public doctorate-granting institutions and 10% of two-year public