Net Tuition Revenues, Subsidies, and Education Expenditures per Student at Private Nonprofit Institutions over Time

Between 2004-05 and 2014-15, average educational expenditures per FTE student at private nonprofit doctoral universities increased by 16% in inflation-adjusted dollars. The increases over the decade in private nonprofit master’s and bachelor’s institutions were 8% and 6%, respectively.

Figure 15B: Net Tuition Revenues, Subsidies, and Education and Related Expenditures per Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Student in 2014 Dollars at Private Nonprofit Institutions, 2004-05, 2009-10, and 2014-15

Figure 15B represents Net Tuition Revenues, Subsidies, and Education and Related Expenditures per Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Student in 2014 Dollars at Private Nonprofit Institutions, 2004-05, 2009-10, and 2014-15. For a corresponding Section 508-complian

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: Net tuition revenue is the amount of revenue an institution takes in from tuition and fees, net of all institutional grant aid provided to students. Some of this revenue comes in the form of Pell Grants and other financial aid from federal and state governments and other sources. Subsidies are defined as the portion of the cost of educating students not covered by net tuition revenue. Education and related expenditures include spending on instruction, student services, and the education share of spending on central academic and administrative support, as well as operations and maintenance. Expenditures for both undergraduate and graduate students are included in these estimates. Institutional averages are weighted by 12 month FTE enrollments.

SOURCES: NCES, IPEDS Finance data, 2005, 2010, and 2015; calculations by the authors.

  • Net tuition revenue covers a much larger share of educational costs at private nonprofit master’s institutions than at either doctoral universities or bachelor’s colleges in the sector.