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PEDAR: Research Methodology Middle Income Undergraduates: Where They Enroll and How They Pay for Their Education
The 1995-96 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study
Accuracy of Estimates
Data Analysis System
Statistical Procedures
Adjustment of Means to Control for Background Variation
Executive Summary
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Executive Summary (PDF)
The 1995-96 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:96)

The 1995–96 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:96) is a comprehensive nationwide study conducted by the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to determine how students and their families pay for postsecondary education. It also describes demographic and other characteristics of students enrolled. The study is based on a nationally representative sample of approximately 41,400 undergraduates (including 27,000 student interviews) enrolled in more than 830 postsecondary education institutions. Students attending all types and levels of institutions are represented in the sample, including public and private institutions and less-than-2-year institutions, less-than-4-year institutions, and 4-year colleges and universities. The weighted effective response rate for the telephone interviews was 76.2 percent. The study is designed to address the policy questions resulting from the rapid growth of financial aid programs, and the succession of changes in financial aid program policies since 1986. The first NPSAS study was conducted in 1986-87, then again in 1989-90, and 1992-93.1

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