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The National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) examines the characteristics of students in postsecondary education, with special focus on how they finance their education.

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  • NCES Releases 2015-16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:16) Data
    NCES has released data from the 201516 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:16), the most comprehensive nationally representative survey of student financing of postsecondary education in the United States. To use the data in PowerStats, QuickStats, or TrendStats, please visit DataLab at
  • NCES announces plan to field a new financial aid data collection with state representative samples
    The 2017-18 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, Administrative Collection (NPSAS:18-AC) will leverage administrative data from postsecondary institutions and the Department of Education to provide nationally representative financial aid estimates. It is designed to complement existing financial aid data collections to provide estimates on a 2-year cycle instead of the current 4-year cycle. Additionally, NCES anticipates that NPSAS:18-AC will have representative samples from most U.S. States. This design will allow researchers to generate state representative financial aid estimates and compare financial aid programs at the state level. Data collection is scheduled to occur in 2018 and 2019 with associated products and publications to be released by the end of 2020.
  • NCES Releases New Distance Learning Dataset Training (DLDT) Modules
    The DLDT program provides online training modules for several NCES complex survey datasets. These interactive modules allow users to learn about NCES data across the education spectrum and evaluate it for suitability for particular research purposes For more information, go to: