Institutional Grant Aid by Dependency Status and Family Income at Public Four-Year Institutions, 2011-12

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Both higher- and lower-income students enrolled in public four-year institutions receive a combination of need-based and non-need-based institutional grant aid.

Figure 2014_29A: Institutional Grant Aid by Dependency Status and Family Income at Public Four-Year Institutions, 2011-12

Figure 29A represents Institutional Grant Aid by Dependency Status and Family Income at Public Four-Year Institutions, 2011-12.  For a corresponding Section 508-compliant data table, see http://trends.collegeboard.org/student-aid.

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: Only full-time students who were U.S. citizens or permanent residents were included. Income categories represent quartiles of dependent undergraduate students across all sectors. 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.

SOURCE: NCES, National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 2012.

  • In 2011-12, full-time dependent students from families in the lowest quartile of the income distribution received 58% of their average $1,690 institutional grant aid from need-based programs, but 42% of their aid was awarded based on nonfinancial criteria.
  • Students in the highest income quartile received more of their aid from non-need-based programs, but were still eligible for an average of almost $300 a year per student in need-based institutional grant aid.
  • On average, independent students enrolled in public four-year institutions received only about half as much institutional grant aid per student as dependent students in 2011-12.