Robust Postsecondary Student Data Highlights Trends From the 2017-18 Academic Year

By Hugh T. Ferguson, NASFAA Senior Staff Reporter

A recently released study from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is offering an administrative data collection of national- and state-level representative data on postsecondary students enrolled in the 2017-18 academic year. The underlying data is comprised of administrative records on student financial aid, enrollment, demographic characteristics, institution characteristics, and income for approximately 245,000 undergraduate students and 21,000 graduate students attending 1,900 postsecondary institutions.

According to NCES the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, Administrative Collection is designed to address high-priority education data needs; provide consistent, reliable, complete, and accurate indicators of education status and trends; and report timely, useful, and high-quality data to the Department of Education (ED), Congress, the states, other education policymakers, practitioners, data users, and the general public.

Specifically the study features a nationally representative sample of undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Title IV-eligible postsecondary education institutions in the United States. The institution sampling frame includes institutions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and includes public and private institutions (both for-profit and nonprofit) and less-than-two-year, two-year, and four-year colleges and universities.


Publication Date: 1/13/2022

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