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

Full-time dependent public four-year college students from families with incomes below $30,000 received an average of $9,830 in grant aid in 2011-12, with 52% coming from the federal government, 21% from state governments, and 17% from their institutions.

Figure 2015_22B: Sources of Grant Aid by Dependency Status and Family Income, Public Four-Year Institutions, 2011-12

Figure 22B represents Sources of Grant Aid by Dependency Status and Family Income, Public Four-Year Institutions, 2011-12. For a corresponding Section 508-compliant data table, see http://trends.collegeboard.org/student-aid.

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: Percentages on the vertical axis are percentages of students in each group. The three lowest income groups represent the three lowest quartiles of parents’ income of all dependent students. The top two groups represent the top 10% and the next 15% of family income. Distribution of students by income varies by sector. Includes full-time students who were U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Percentages may not sum to 100 because of rounding.

SOURCES: NCES, National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 2012; PowerStats calculations by the authors.

  • Full-time dependent public four-year college students from families with incomes of $155,000 or higher received an average of $2,560 in grant aid in 2011-12, with 56% coming from their institutions, 22% from outside private sources including employers, and 17% from state aid.