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

In both the public two-year and the for-profit sectors, average grant aid is higher for independent students than for dependent students. Independent students receive almost all of the military and veterans benefits; they also receive more other federal grant aid than dependent students.

Figure 2015_21B: Sources of Grant Aid by Dependency Status and Family Income, Public Two-Year and For-Profit Institutions, 2011-12

Figure 21B represents Sources of Grant Aid by Dependency Status and Family Income, Public Two-Year and For-Profit 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 in Figure 21B are percentages of students in each group. Income groups represent quartiles of parents’ income of all dependent students. Distribution of students by income differs 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.

  • The relatively small number of dependent students from families with incomes of $106,000 or higher received an average of about $820 in grant aid at public two-year colleges in 2011-12; those enrolled at for-profit institutions received an average of $1,870, including $1,360 from employers and other outside sources.