Need-Based and Non-Need-Based State Grants per Undergraduate Student over Time

States provided grant aid averaging $790 per full-time equivalent undergraduate student in 2015-16, surpassing prerecession levels.

Figure 19A: Need-Based and Non-Need-Based State Grants per Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Undergraduate Student in 2015 Dollars, 1975-76 to 2015-16

Figure 19A represents Need-Based and Non-Need-Based State Grants per Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Undergraduate Student in 2015 Dollars, 1975-76 to 2015-16. For a corresponding Section 508-compliant data table, download the Excel spreadsheet.

Notes & Sources 

NOTE: Percentages displayed represent percentages of total undergraduate state grant aid for which student’s financial circumstances were considered.
 
SOURCES: National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP) Annual Survey, 1975-76 to 2015-16, Tables 1 and 12.
  • In 1981-82 and earlier years, virtually all state grant aid was based on students’ financial circumstances. From 2004-05 to 2010-11, only 71% to 73% of state grant aid was need-based. In 2015-16, that percentage was 76%.