NCES Data: Over 20 Million Higher Ed Students Enrolled in Title IV Institutions During 2013

By Brittany Hackett, Communications Staff 

Just over 20 million students were enrolled in Title IV institutions in the fall of 2013, including close to 18 million undergraduates and nearly 3 million graduate students, according to new data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The data was collected during the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) spring 2014 data collection.

Of the total 20.8 million students enrolled in some form of higher education, 14.8 million were enrolled in a public institution, compared with 3.9 million at private, not-for-profit schools and 1.9 million at private for-profit institutions. Overall, 12.96 million students were enrolled full-time, while approximately 7.8 million were enrolled part-time, and more women than men were enrolled in a Title IV school, with enrollment rates of 11.8 million and just over 9 million, respectively.

Over 13.4 million students were enrolled in a four-year institution, including 8.1 million at public institutions, 3.9 million at private, not-for-profit institutions, and 1.3 million at private, for-profit institutions. Among the over 7 million students enrolled at a two-year school, 6.6 million were at public institutions, nearly 41,500 were at private, not-for-profit institutions, and just over 378,000 were at private, for-profit institutions. 

The data also breaks down students by their graduate level, showing that 17.9 million undergraduate students and 2.9 million graduate students were enrolled in fall 2013. 

Among the undergraduate students, 13.4 million attended a public institution, while 2.7 million and 1.7 million attended non-profit and for-profit private schools, respectively. 

Approximately 10.5 million undergraduates were enrolled in a four-year school, including just over 8 million full-time students and 2.4 million part-time students. 

When broken down by race and ethnicity, the data on undergraduates, including those enrolled both full- and part-time, at 4-year schools across all sectors shows the following:

  • 32.9 percent white;
  • 7.4 percent Black or African American;
  • 7.2 percent Hispanic or Latino; 
  • 3.3 percent Asian;
  • 0.4 percent American Indian or Alaska Native; and 
  • 0.2 percent Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

Student populations at two-year colleges has similar race and ethnicity breakdowns:

  • 19.6 percent white;
  • 5.8 percent Black or African American;
  • 8.1 percent Hispanic;
  • 2.1 percent Asian;
  • 0.4 percent American Indian or Alaska Native; and 
  • 0.1percent Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

Among the 2.9 million graduate students, around 1.65 million were full-time and about 1.24 million were part-time. Nearly 1.4 million grad students attended public schools, while 1.2 million were at non-profit private schools and approximately 285,000 were at for-profit private schools.

Employment, Revenue and Expense Numbers

NCES also examined employee numbers at postsecondary institutions, finding that in fall 2013 there were a reported 4 million employees at Title IV institutions and administrative offices, including about 2.5 million full-time and 1.4 million part-time employees. There were 196,014 people employed in “business and financial operations occupations” and 165,061 employed in “student and academic affairs and other education services occupations,” according to the data.

The data also breaks down the source of Title IV institutions’ revenues. During fiscal year 2013, public four-year schools and administrative offices received about 21 percent of their revenues from tuition and fees, compared with just over 32 percent and 91 percent at private non-profit schools and private, for-profit schools, respectively. 

Among public schools, 15.5 percent of revenues were generated through grants and contracts, which can include student financial aid and research grants. Of that, federal funds, not including Federal Direct Student Loans, contributed to 9.7 percent of their revenue, with state, local, and private funds rounding out the revenue streams at 1.9 percent, 0.9 percent, and 3.1 percent, respectively. 

At private non-profit schools, 9.2 percent of revenue was generated through grants and contracts, including 8.4 percent from federal funds, 0.5 percent from state funds, and 0.2 percent from local funds. For-profit private schools received just 4.5 percent of their funds from government appropriations, grants and contracts, including 4.1 percent from the federal government and 0.3 percent from state and local governments.


Publication Date: 11/10/2014

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