Sources of Grant Aid: Public Institutions

On average, first-time full-time undergraduate students at public doctoral universities receive less federal grant aid, but more state and institutional grant aid, than students at other public institutions.

Figure 13: Sources of Grant Aid for First-Time Full-Time Undergraduate Students at Public Institutions in 2014 Dollars, 2004-05, 2009-10, and 2014-15

Figure 13 represents Sources of Grant Aid for First-Time Full-Time Undergraduate Students at Public Institutions in 2014 Dollars, 2004-05, 2009-10, and 2014-15. For a corresponding Section 508-compliant data table, download the Excel spreadsheet.

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: Carnegie categories are based on the 2015 classification. Institutions without undergraduate enrollment are excluded. Percentages may not sum to 100 because of rounding.
 
SOURCES: NCES, IPEDS Student Financial Aid data, 2004-05, 2009-10, and 2014-15; calculations by the authors.
  • In 2014-15, average total grant aid per first-time full-time student in public institutions ranged from $3,470 at public two-year institutions to $6,530 at public doctoral universities.
  • In 2014-15, average institutional grant aid ranged from $260 at public two-year colleges to $3,490 at public doctoral institutions.
  • Between 2004-05 and 2014-15, growth in total grant aid (adjusted for inflation) from all sources ranged from 49% at public bachelor’s institutions (where only about 4% of public college students are enrolled) to 73% at public two-year colleges (where 41% of public college students are enrolled).
  • Students at public four-year universities received larger shares of their grant aid from their institutions and smaller shares from state aid in 2014-15 than in 2004-05.