Skip Navigation

National Center for Education Statistics

1Students are classified into a family income category by the institution they attend based on the income used by the institution’s financial aid office to calculate the student’s expected family contribution.

2Average price before aid, average grant/scholarship aid, and net price for public institutions is displayed for students paying in-state tuition.

3Average price before aid, average grant/scholarship aid, and net price for private nonprofit and private for-profit institutions is displayed for all students.

NOTE: Title IV institutions are those with a written agreement with the Secretary of Education that allows the institution to participate in any of the Title IV federal student financial assistance programs. The net price of attendance is the price actually charged to first-time, full-time undergraduate students receiving financial aid at an institution after deducting federal, state/local government, and institutional grant and scholarship aid. Because not all institutions have students at each income level, for the purposes of this table the net price is calculated as the average price before aid minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Average price before aid is calculated using the tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other expenses data from the Institutional Characteristics component. A weighted average of on-campus; off-campus, not with family; and off-campus, with family room and board and other expenses values was used to calculate a single average price before aid instead of individual prices by living arrangement. The factors used to generate this weighted average were reported in the Student Financial Aid component separately for the group of students receiving any grant aid and the group of students receiving Title IV aid. Hence the resulting average price before aid values may differ between the groups. Some 254 institutions reported grant/scholarship aid for a 12-month period, but reported data on the price before aid based on an academic year (9 months). The reported grant/scholarship aid amounts for these institutions were multiplied by 0.75 to align with the 9-month academic year period used to report the price before aid. Institutions with academic calendars that differ by program or allow continuous enrollment are not included. Definitions for terms used in this table may be found in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) online glossary located at

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS, Fall 2010, Institutional Characteristics component and Spring 2011, Student Financial Aid component.