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PEDAR: Executive Summary  How Families of Low- and Middle Income Undergraduates Pay For College: Full-Time Dependent Students in 1999-2000
Paying for College
Financial Need
Financial Aid
Types and Amounts of Aid
Relative Importance of Grants and Loans
Sources of Aid
Remaining (Unmet) Need
After Financial Aid
Help From Parents
Paying for College: A Summary
Research Methodology
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Executive Summary (PDF)
 Financial Aid: Sources of Aid

For low-income students who received financial aid, federal aid (including grants and loans) constituted from 46 to 73 percent of total aid, on average, depending on the type of institution attended. For aided middle-income students, it ranged from 30 to 61 percent. The relative contribution of state grants to total aid was also higher, on average, for low-income students than for middle-income students except at public 2-year institutions, where no difference was detected. At each type of institution, institutional aid made up a greater proportion of total aid, on average, for middle-income students than for low-income students.

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