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Table 332.40. Percentage of part-time or part-year postbaccalaureate students receiving financial aid, by type of aid, level of study, and control and level of institution: Selected years, 1992-93 through 2015-16
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Level of study,
control and level of institution
Number of stu-
dents1  (in thousands)
Percent receiving aid
Any aid2 Grants Assistant- ships3 Employer (includes college staff) Loans
Any grants Fellowship grants Tuition waivers Any loans Stafford4 Perkins5
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1992-93, all institutions 1,975 36.8 (0.81) (—)   (†) [6]   (†) 5.1   (0.38) 4.2   (0.27) 16.7   (0.71) 10.5   (0.52) 9.4   (0.48) 1.0   (0.13)
Master's degree 1,319 37.5 (0.85) (—)   (†) [6]   (†) 4.6   (0.48) 3.8   (0.37) 18.7   (0.91) 10.3   (0.62) 9.2   (0.54) 0.9   (0.15)
Public 772 33.6 (1.00) (—)   (†) [6]   (†) 4.9   (0.49) 5.2   (0.46) 14.6   (0.83) 9.8   (0.65) 8.9   (0.55) 1.2   (0.23)
4-year doctoral 488 37.8 (1.25) (—)   (†) [6]   (†) 6.5   (0.66) 6.7   (0.70) 14.6   (1.06) 11.8   (0.90) 10.7   (0.74) 1.5   (0.33)
Other 4-year 284 26.3 (1.39) (—)   (†) [6]   (†) 2.2   (0.59) 2.6   (0.62) 14.4   (1.09) 6.5   (0.76) 6.0   (0.76) 0.6 ! (0.21)
Private 547 43.0 (1.56) (—)   (†) [6]   (†) 4.2   (0.69) 1.8 ! (0.60) 24.5   (1.46) 10.9   (1.03) 9.6   (0.89) 0.5 ! (0.18)
4-year doctoral 357 44.8 (1.91) (—)   (†) [6]   (†) 4.4   (0.89) 2.5 ! (0.82) 25.1   (1.72) 11.9   (1.16) 10.5   (0.99) 0.6 ! (0.26)
Other 4-year 191 39.6 (2.84) (—)   (†) [6]   (†) 3.8   (1.11) 0.7 ! (0.31) 23.3   (2.36) 9.1   (1.60) 7.9   (1.33)   (†)
                                                       
Doctor's degree 148 48.3 (2.56) (—)   (†) [6]   (†) 12.7   (2.19) 16.8   (1.75) 12.0   (1.49) 7.3   (1.16) 6.9   (1.20) 0.8 ! (0.35)
Public 97 48.4 (3.09) (—)   (†) [6]   (†) 15.0   (2.91) 16.6   (2.11) 12.9   (1.89) 7.1   (1.20) 6.5   (1.20)   (†)
Private 51 48.2 (5.53) (—)   (†) [6]   (†) 8.3   (2.05) 17.0   (4.31) 10.2   (2.47) 7.6 ! (2.76) 7.5 ! (2.79)   (†)
                                                       
First-professional 64 58.6 (3.04) (—)   (†) [6]   (†) 5.9   (1.41) 3.1   (0.92) 6.1   (1.34) 45.6   (3.35) 42.0   (3.20) 6.2   (0.84)
Public 24 51.7 (4.43) (—)   (†) [6]   (†) 6.8   (1.65) 6.1 ! (2.23) 5.0 ! (1.61) 42.4   (3.99) 41.4   (3.86) 8.5   (1.77)
Private 40 62.6 (3.43) (—)   (†) [6]   (†) 5.4 ! (1.77) 1.4 ! (0.50) 6.7   (1.81) 47.5   (4.28) 42.3   (3.94) 4.9   (0.96)
                                                       
Other graduate 414 27.0 (1.42) (—)   (†) [6]   (†) 3.4   (0.55) 1.6   (0.32) 13.4   (1.00) 7.1   (0.68) 5.9   (0.59)   (†)
                                                       
1999-2000, all institutions 1,724  48.7  (0.72)  32.7    (0.65)  4.9    (0.27)  5.8    (0.33)  5.4    (0.34)  20.2    (0.66)  19.1    (0.51)  18.1    (0.47)  0.9    (0.13) 
Master's degree 1,131 51.2 (0.83) 33.9   (0.79) 4.5   (0.37) 5.0   (0.32) 4.7   (0.36) 23.2   (0.81) 20.4   (0.68) 19.3   (0.63) 0.7   (0.14)
Public 633 47.0 (1.19) 31.7   (1.28) 3.8   (0.52) 6.4   (0.55) 6.2   (0.56) 20.7   (1.32) 16.9   (0.86) 15.8   (0.79) 0.7   (0.16)
4-year doctoral 436 50.4 (1.56) 33.8   (1.69) 4.2   (0.48) 7.4   (0.71) 8.0   (0.79) 21.4   (1.62) 17.8   (1.24) 16.7   (1.18) 0.5 ! (0.17)
Other 4-year 188 39.2 (1.96) 26.5   (2.11) 3.2 ! (1.41) 4.2   (0.93) 2.3   (0.46) 18.5   (2.28) 14.4   (1.47) 13.6   (1.49) 1.2 ! (0.41)
Private 498 56.5 (1.26) 36.7   (1.13) 5.3   (0.55) 3.2   (0.41) 2.8   (0.50) 26.5   (1.15) 24.9   (1.05) 23.8   (1.04) 0.8 ! (0.29)
4-year doctoral 322 57.7 (1.43) 37.8   (1.35) 6.5   (0.68) 3.5   (0.55) 3.3   (0.52) 25.5   (1.23) 24.7   (1.25) 23.5   (1.26) 0.8 ! (0.33)
Other7 176 54.1 (2.26) 34.7   (2.06) 3.1   (0.93) 2.6   (0.62) 1.9 ! (0.92) 28.3   (2.23) 25.3   (2.00) 24.2   (2.03)   (†)
                                                       
Doctor's degree 159 54.5 (1.81) 36.9   (1.68) 10.8   (0.95) 15.0   (1.24) 20.9   (1.60) 14.0   (1.35) 14.7   (1.34) 14.1   (1.37)   (†)
Public 108 53.3 (2.34) 35.2   (1.97) 8.8   (0.85) 19.5   (1.34) 25.7   (1.98) 12.1   (1.46) 12.6   (1.13) 12.0   (1.12)   (†)
Private 51 57.1 (2.95) 40.5   (3.06) 15.1   (2.49) 5.5   (1.60) 10.8   (1.83) 18.1   (3.16) 19.2   (3.16) 18.5   (3.29)   (†)
                                                       
First-professional 72 75.6 (3.17) 40.7   (3.70) 10.2   (2.70) 5.3 ! (1.62)   (†) 11.0   (2.09) 57.7   (4.43) 54.8   (5.09) 6.8 ! (2.70)
Public 22 72.7 (6.84) 31.3   (5.42) 8.5 ! (3.72)   (†)   (†) 8.0 ! (3.85) 57.4   (8.37) 54.4   (8.28) 4.7 ! (1.93)
Private 50 76.8 (3.14) 44.8   (4.27) 11.0 ! (3.67) 6.0 ! (2.17) 2.7 ! (1.34) 12.3   (2.85) 57.8   (5.44) 54.9   (6.63) 7.8 ! (3.72)
                                                       
Other graduate 363 33.0 (1.77) 25.3   (1.47) 2.6   (0.44) 4.4   (0.80) 1.3   (0.33) 15.3   (1.31) 9.5   (1.09) 8.9   (1.09) 0.4 ! (0.18)
                                                       
2007-08, all institutions 2,337  66.8  (0.85)  38.7    (0.95)  6.6    (0.50)  6.8    (0.34)  9.7    (0.38)  27.2    (0.93)  34.6    (0.70)  30.5    (0.65)  0.9    (0.09) 
Master's degree 1,646 69.0 (1.10) 39.4   (1.26) 5.5   (0.45) 5.6   (0.40) 7.5   (0.40) 29.8   (1.22) 36.8   (0.97) 32.7   (0.93) 0.9   (0.12)
Public 829 65.7 (1.39) 38.4   (1.53) 4.4   (0.53) 7.2   (0.69) 10.6   (0.72) 27.8   (1.43) 32.8   (1.16) 27.8   (0.90) 1.0   (0.16)
4-year doctoral 631 67.7 (1.60) 41.3   (1.76) 4.9   (0.64) 8.4   (0.81) 12.0   (0.94) 29.4   (1.71) 32.3   (1.36) 28.0   (1.16) 1.0   (0.18)
Other 4-year 198 59.4 (2.99) 29.1   (2.75) 3.0 ! (0.97) 3.6 ! (1.18) 6.0   (1.17) 22.7   (2.56) 34.5   (2.98) 27.2   (2.63) 1.2 ! (0.37)
Private 818 72.3 (1.59) 40.5   (1.88) 6.5   (0.74) 4.0   (0.51) 4.3   (0.43) 31.7   (1.85) 40.9   (1.42) 37.6   (1.41) 0.8   (0.19)
4-year doctoral 509 71.0 (1.52) 43.1   (1.46) 8.0   (0.95) 3.8   (0.52) 5.5   (0.57) 32.9   (1.20) 36.5   (1.33) 32.8   (1.24) 1.1   (0.29)
Other7 309 74.4 (3.25) 36.0   (4.47) 4.0   (0.79) 4.4   (1.00) 2.4   (0.57) 29.9   (4.50) 48.3   (2.89) 45.5   (2.86) 0.2 ! (0.12)
                                                       
Doctor's degree 270 79.9 (1.92) 46.0   (2.56) 17.1   (2.09) 16.4   (1.78) 34.0   (3.40) 19.2   (1.73) 33.3   (4.81) 30.4   (5.07) 0.5 ! (0.25)
Public 154 76.8 (1.57) 51.5   (1.85) 16.8   (1.67) 24.2   (1.52) 47.2   (2.02) 19.6   (1.43) 18.9   (1.26) 15.9   (1.15)   (†)
Private 116 84.0 (3.95) 38.6   (5.55) 17.5   (4.59) 6.0 ! (2.03) 16.4   (4.27) 18.6   (4.11) 52.4   (8.69) 49.6   (9.37)   (†)
                                                       
First-professional 58 85.6 (2.54) 43.2   (2.76) 20.5   (3.99) 6.5 ! (2.52) 10.3   (2.01) 16.5   (2.21) 68.5   (3.89) 62.9   (4.62) 4.1 ! (1.48)
Public 20 88.3 (4.96) 43.5   (5.39) 13.8   (3.97) 11.0 ! (4.26) 18.5   (4.72) 16.3   (3.79) 68.4   (5.79) 62.7   (7.17) 7.9 ! (3.25)
Private 38 84.1 (3.09) 43.1   (3.68) 24.0   (5.43)   (†) 6.0   (1.69) 16.7   (2.86) 68.6   (5.46) 63.0   (6.20)   (†)
                                                       
Other graduate 363 43.9 (3.07) 29.2   (2.82) 1.5   (0.37) 4.9   (0.97) 1.5   (0.41) 23.4   (2.79) 20.0   (2.10) 15.5   (1.58) 0.5 ! (0.25)
                                                       
2011-12, all institutions 2,291  60.9  (0.99)  30.9    (1.03)  8.6    (0.55)  6.7    (0.56)  6.4    (0.43)  17.0    (0.88)  35.0    (0.61)  32.7    (0.60)  0.8    (0.17) 
Master's degree 1,715 62.5 (1.29) 29.7   (1.29) 7.6   (0.61) 5.6   (0.62) 4.8   (0.47) 17.3   (1.13) 38.1   (0.83) 36.0   (0.83) 0.7   (0.17)
Public 800 57.1 (1.51) 27.6   (1.21) 7.2   (0.83) 5.8   (0.72) 7.5   (0.85) 14.7   (1.02) 33.7   (1.19) 31.2   (1.12) 1.2 ! (0.37)
4-year doctoral 664 58.5 (1.74) 29.5   (1.36) 8.1   (1.00) 6.2   (0.84) 7.9   (1.02) 15.6   (1.15) 33.4   (1.36) 31.1   (1.29) 1.2 ! (0.43)
Other 4-year 136 50.2 (2.32) 18.1   (1.77) 2.7   (0.76) 3.8   (1.07) 5.3   (1.06) 10.3   (1.66) 35.0   (2.15) 31.7   (2.10)   (†)
Private 914 67.3 (1.94) 31.6   (2.16) 8.0   (0.92) 5.5   (0.91) 2.5   (0.55) 19.5   (1.91) 41.9   (1.32) 40.1   (1.30) 0.2 ! (0.08)
4-year doctoral 515 65.7 (2.07) 34.0   (2.36) 10.1   (1.49) 3.7   (0.91) 2.7   (0.72) 21.2   (2.02) 37.9   (1.67) 35.4   (1.72)   (†)
Other 4-year 399 69.4 (3.63) 28.4   (3.83) 5.2   (0.93) 7.8   (1.71) 2.1 ! (0.95) 17.3   (3.39) 47.2   (2.03) 46.1   (1.92)   (†)
                                                       
Doctor's degree--research/                                                      
scholarship 198 70.9 (1.67) 47.0   (1.81) 18.1   (1.31) 20.0   (1.27) 30.4   (1.98) 20.9   (1.35) 24.4   (1.46) 22.4   (1.44) 0.3 ! (0.10)
Public 133 69.9 (2.12) 53.6   (2.33) 20.0   (1.76) 25.2   (1.78) 39.4   (2.56) 23.6   (1.77) 14.7   (1.34) 13.5   (1.28) 0.4 ! (0.15)
Private 66 73.1 (2.56) 33.8   (2.19) 14.2   (1.34) 9.6   (1.24) 12.2   (1.77) 15.5   (1.78) 44.0   (2.68) 40.5   (2.75)   (†)
                                                       
Doctor’s degree--professional                                                      
practice and other8 100 68.5 (3.09) 30.3   (2.46) 13.8   (1.88) 4.6   (0.98) 2.3 ! (0.79) 12.1   (1.83) 51.5   (3.52) 47.3   (3.67) 4.7 ! (2.12)
Public 41 58.3 (4.51) 34.0   (4.04) 16.0   (2.83) 7.3   (1.96) 3.8 ! (1.75) 12.6   (2.94) 40.3   (4.01) 37.4   (4.10) 3.0 ! (1.32)
Private 59 75.5 (3.48) 27.7   (3.29) 12.3   (2.41) 2.7 ! (1.02) 1.3 ! (0.50) 11.8   (2.64) 59.1   (4.83) 54.1   (5.03)   (†)
                                                       
Other graduate 278 40.6 (2.66) 26.8   (2.61) 6.5   (1.57) 4.6 ! (1.47) 0.7 ! (0.34) 14.6   (1.91) 17.9   (1.76) 14.9   (1.64)   (†)
                                                       
2015-16, all institutions 2,267  65.1  (0.74)  35.7    (0.92)  12.4    (0.65)  5.9    (0.42)  4.9    (0.37)  17.5    (0.62)  37.8    (0.66)  33.8    (0.55)  0.4    (0.08) 
Master's degree 1,712 66.2 (0.87) 35.1   (1.00) 11.6   (0.72) 5.4   (0.50) 4.2   (0.41) 17.9   (0.71) 39.6   (0.87) 35.8   (0.78) 0.3   (0.08)
Public 793 61.1 (1.50) 34.4   (1.62) 8.5   (0.96) 5.9   (0.83) 7.2   (0.83) 17.9   (1.17) 34.1   (1.22) 30.0   (1.09) 0.3 ! (0.11)
4-year doctoral 689 61.8 (1.67) 35.0   (1.86) 8.8   (1.10) 5.9   (0.94) 8.0   (0.95) 18.0   (1.33) 34.4   (1.35) 30.0   (1.20) 0.2 ! (0.10)
Other 4-year 104 56.5 (2.80) 30.5   (2.32) 6.7   (1.35) 6.1   (1.24) 2.2   (0.43) 17.8   (2.13) 32.4   (1.75) 29.7   (1.53) 1.1 ! (0.43)
Private 919 70.6 (1.10) 35.7   (1.32) 14.2   (1.19) 5.0   (0.61) 1.6   (0.33) 17.9   (0.83) 44.4   (1.16) 40.8   (1.04) 0.3 ! (0.11)
4-year doctoral 585 70.1 (1.58) 35.8   (1.61) 13.4   (1.33) 4.8   (0.91) 2.1   (0.51) 18.7   (1.18) 41.6   (1.76) 37.5   (1.58)   (†)
Other 4-year 334 71.6 (1.29) 35.6   (2.06) 15.7   (2.05) 5.3   (0.49) 0.8   (0.19) 16.6   (1.11) 49.2   (1.13) 46.5   (1.00) 0.2   (0.04)
                                                       
Doctor's degree--research/                                                      
scholarship 185 72.8 (1.86) 45.0   (2.50) 22.4   (1.99) 12.6   (1.20) 18.8   (1.93) 14.2   (1.78) 33.6   (2.35) 29.1   (2.31) #   (†)
Public 95 72.9 (2.72) 52.0   (3.52) 25.6   (3.01) 18.4   (1.86) 31.4   (3.34) 14.0   (2.53) 19.5   (2.60) 15.8   (2.69)   (†)
Private 90 72.7 (2.39) 37.6   (2.78) 19.1   (2.34) 6.5   (1.58) 5.4   (1.25) 14.4   (2.33) 48.5   (3.21) 43.2   (3.23)   (†)
                                                       
Doctor’s degree--professional                                                      
practice and other8 110 75.4 (3.09) 43.3   (3.71) 27.7   (3.07) 4.8 ! (1.58) 1.3 ! (0.65) 11.9   (2.43) 55.4   (3.96) 52.5   (3.88) 3.8   (1.05)
Public 42 76.9 (4.27) 43.6   (6.05) 30.4   (5.38) 4.3 ! (1.40) 3.3 ! (1.63) 10.9   (2.66) 58.1   (4.07) 54.7   (4.10) 7.4 ! (2.24)
Private 69 74.5 (4.58) 43.1   (5.04) 26.0   (4.05) 5.1 ! (2.41)   (†) 12.6   (3.66) 53.8   (5.81) 51.1   (5.70)   (†)
                                                       
Other graduate 260 47.7 (3.23) 29.7   (3.02) 4.1   (0.88) 4.4 ! (1.39)   (†) 19.0   (2.70) 20.8   (2.28) 15.8   (1.83)   (†)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 Numbers of part-time or part-year postbaccalaureate students may not equal figures reported in other tables, since these data are based on a sample survey of all postbaccalaureate students enrolled at any time during the school year.
2 Includes students who reported they were awarded aid but did not specify the type of aid.
3 Includes students who received teaching or research assistantships and/or participated in work-study programs.
4 Formerly Guaranteed Student Loans (GSL).
5 Formerly National Direct Student Loans (NDSL). Includes subsidized amounts only.
6 Fellowship estimates for 1992-93 were based primarily on information provided by institutions and are not comparable to data for 1999-2000 and later years, which were based on information provided by both students and institutions.
7 Includes nonprofit 4-year nondoctoral institutions and for-profit 2-year-and-above institutions.
8 Professional practice doctor's degrees include most degrees formerly classified as first-professional (such as M.D., D.D.S., and J.D). "Other" doctor's degrees are those that are neither research/scholarship degrees nor professional practice degrees.
NOTE: Part-time or part-year students include those who were enrolled part time for 9 or more months and those who were enrolled for less than 9 months either part time or full time. Excludes students whose attendance status was not reported. Total includes some students whose level of study or control of institution was unknown. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding and because some students receive aid from multiple sources. Data exclude students attending institutions in Puerto Rico.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 1992-93, 1999-2000, 2007-08, 2011-12, and 2015-16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:93, NPSAS:2000, NPSAS:08, NPSAS:12, and NPSAS:16). (This table was prepared June 2018.)

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