Distribution of Net Tuition and Fees at Private Institutions by Dependency Status and Family Income, 2011-12

In 2011-12, 31% of full-time dependent students from families with incomes below $30,000 attending private nonprofit four-year colleges received enough grant aid to cover their entire tuition and fees.

Figure 2015_15: Distribution of Net Tuition and Fees at Private Institutions by Dependency Status and Family Income, 2011-12

Distribution of Net Tuition and Fees at Private Instiutions by Dependency Status and Family Income, 2011-12

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: Percentages on the vertical axis are percentages of full-time students in each group. Unlike the net price estimates in Figures 11, 12, and 13, these calculations subtract only grant aid — not education tax credits and deductions — from the published price to determine the net price. Includes full-time students who were U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Percentages may not sum to 100 because of rounding.

SOURCES: NCES, National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 2012; PowerStats calculations by the authors.

  • In 2011-12, 4% of dependent students from families with incomes below $30,000 attending for-profit institutions received enough grant aid to cover their entire tuition and fees.
  • These low-income students faced total budgets, including housing, food, books, and other expenses, that exceeded their grant aid by an average of $19,520 at private nonprofit four-year colleges and $24,270 in the for-profit sector.
  • In 2011-12, 64% of dependent students in the private nonprofit four-year sector from families with incomes of $106,000 or higher and 17% of those from families with incomes below $30,000 paid net tuition and fees of $15,000 or more. In the for-profit sector, these proportions were 72% and 28%.
  • In 2011-12, 13% of independent students attending private nonprofit four-year institutions and 2% of those in for-profit institutions received enough grant aid to cover their tuition and fees. They faced average net budgets of $24,670 and $24,450, respectively.