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

In 2011-12, 85% of full-time dependent students from families with incomes below $30,000 attending public two-year colleges received enough grant aid to cover their entire tuition and fees.

Figure 2015_14: Distribution of Net Tuition and Fees at Public Institutions by Dependency Status and Family Income, 2011-12

Distribution of Net Tuition and Fees at Public 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, 62% of dependent students from families with incomes below $30,000 attending public four-year colleges and universities 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 $8,090 at public two-year colleges and $12,000 in the public four-year sector.
  • Among dependent students from families with incomes of $106,000 or higher enrolled in public four-year institutions, 31% paid net tuition and fees of $10,000 or more in addition to the other expenses in their budgets.
  • In 2011-12, 66% of independent students attending public two-year colleges and 37% of those in public four-year institutions received enough grant aid to cover their tuition and fees. They faced average net budgets of $12,100 and $16,300, respectively.