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  • 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 with associated products and publications to be released in 2019.
  • NCES completes full scale data collection for NPSAS:16
    The student interview and student records data collection for the 2016-17 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:16) has been completed. Publications and data products for this study will be released in late 2017.
  • 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:
  • NCES Releases New Data and Report from the 2011-12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:12)
    The NPSAS:12 First Look report provides the first results from NPSAS:12 on the percentages of students receiving various types of financial aid and average amounts received. Variables used for this report are now available through PowerStats, an easy-to-use tool for the analysis of NCES’s postsecondary education data:
  • NCES Revises Data for 2008 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:08)
    NCES has issued a revision to 2008 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:08) data files. NPSAS:08 data were reweighted to match weighting procedures used in NPSAS:12. The revised dataset is available in PowerStats.
  • New Data Tool – The College and Career Tables Library
    This tool allows users to browse through 5,000+ tables from NCES’ postsecondary publications that cover a comprehensive range of topics.
  • Federal Education Tax Benefits: Who receives them and to what extent do They Shape the Price of college attendance?
    This Statistics in Brief applies IRS rules and data to a nationally representative sample of 2007–08 undergraduates to estimate who received education tax benefits and looks at the extent to which these benefits shaped their price of college attendance.
  • Learning at a Distance: Undergraduate Enrollment in Distance Education Courses and Degree
    This Statistics in Brief investigates undergraduates’ participation in distance education using nationally representative student-reported data collected through the three most recent administrations of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:2000, NPSAS:04, and NPSAS:08).
  • Borrowing at the Maximum: Undergraduate Stafford Loan Borrowers in 2007–08
    This Statistics in Brief uses nationally representative data to determine the extent to which undergraduate students borrowed the maximum possible within the limits of the Stafford loan program, defined by students’ individual eligibility for financial aid.
  • Trends in Net Price
    This newly released table includes average total price, net price after grants, and out-of-pocket net prices in constant 2007 dollars for undergraduate students in 1999-2000, 2003-2004, and 2007-2008.
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  • Student Financing of Graduate and First-Professional Education: 2007–08
    Tables include information on grants, loans, assistantships, and other types of aid received from federal, state, and institutional sources; average amounts of aid received by source of aid; and employment during graduate and first-professional enrollment.
  • Profile of Graduate and First-Professional Students: Trends from Selected Years, 1995–96 to 2007–08
    Tables draw on data from the 1995–96, 1999–2000, 2003–04, and 2007–08 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) to examine trends in the profiles of graduate and first-professional students from 1995–96 to 2007–08.
  • Trends in Graduate Borrowing: Selected Years, 1995–96 to 2007–08
    Tables focus on present trends in borrowing such as rates, average loan amounts, cumulative loan amounts for undergraduate and graduate levels, average ratio of loans to total financial aid, and rates of borrowing the full maximum Stafford loan amount for graduate and first-professional students.
  • Profile of Students in Graduate and First-Professional Education: 2007–08
    Tables focus on graduate level and degree program and include demographic characteristics such as gender, age, dependents and marital status, race/ethnicity, citizenship status, income, parent’s education, and disability.
  • Profile of Undergraduate Students: Trends From Selected Years, 1995–96 to 2007–08
    Comparison of estimates of how students paid for college across NPSAS iterations. Tables are broken-out by demographics, enrollment characteristics, employment, and community service.
  • Profile of Undergraduate Students: 2007–08
    How students paid for college in 2008 by demographics, enrollment characteristics, employment, financial aid received, debt levels, community service/voting behavior, disability status, and remedial coursetaking.