Institutional Tuition Discount by Income: Public Institutions
In 2011-12, on average, institutional grant aid covered 20% (about $1,600) of the published tuition and fees for full-time in-state dependent students from the lower half of the income distribution enrolled in public four-year institutions.
Figure 2016_12: Published Tuition and Fees, Institutional Discount, and Net Tuition Revenue over Time at Public Institutions in 2011 Dollars, by Dependency Status and Family Income
Notes & Sources
Notes: Family income quartiles are based on all dependent undergraduate students across all sectors in 2011-12. In 2011 dollars, income categories are: lowest: less than $30,000; second: $30,000 to $64,999; third: $65,000 to $105,999; highest: $106,000 or higher. Institutional discount includes institutional grant aid and tuition and fee waivers. Includes full-time undergraduate students who were U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Sources: NCES, National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012.
- In 2011-12, on average, institutional grant aid covered 16% ($1,310) of the published tuition and fees for all full-time in-state students at public four-year institutions.
- Between 1999-00 and 2011-12, the average published tuition and fee prices at the public four-year colleges attended by the lowest-income dependent students increased by $3,350, from $4,470 (in 2011 dollars) to $7,820. The average net tuition these students paid — with a combination of their own resources and federal and state grant aid — increased by $2,660, from $3,590 to $6,250.
- In 2011-12, the average institutional discount rate for full-time students at public two-year institutions was 10% ($280) of the published tuition and fees. Institutional discount rates at public two-year institutions were 8% ($210) for independent students, 13% ($360) for the lowest-income dependent students, and 9% ($290) to 11% ($340) for all other groups of dependent students.