Average Institutional Grant Aid per Full-Time Undergraduate Student: Public Doctoral and Master’s Institutions

In 2015-16, public doctoral universities distributed 62% of their institutional grant aid without regard to students’ financial need; at public master’s universities, it was 71%.

Figure 25B: Average Need-Based and Non-Need-Based Institutional Grant Aid, Full-Time Undergraduates at Public Doctoral and Master’s Institutions, 2015-16

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: Includes full-time undergraduates who were U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Averages are across all full-time students enrolled for the full year at one institution, including those who did not receive institutional grant aid. Non-need-based aid is based entirely on merit or other circumstances not related to need and includes athletic and merit scholarships, tuition waivers of all kinds, and other categories of institutional awards. Public bachelor’s colleges, which enroll about 5% of undergraduates in the public sector, are not included in Figure 25B.

SOURCES: NCES, NPSAS 2016; calculations by the authors.

  • In 2015-16, the lowest-income dependent students at public doctoral universities received about 25% more institutional grant aid, on average, than those from families with incomes of $120,000 or higher ($3,110 vs. $2,490). At public master’s universities, average institutional grants were similar for students from all income groups.