Facts & Figures

Rising Student Debt

From the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) and conducted by the U.S. Department of Education

About NPSAS

NPSAS helps fulfill the NCES mandate to collect, analyze, and publish statistics related to education. The purpose of NPSAS is to compile a comprehensive research dataset, based on student-level records, on financial aid provided by the federal government, the states, postsecondary institutions, employers, and private agencies, along with student demographic and enrollment data. NPSAS is the primary source of information used by the federal government (and others, such as researchers and higher education associations) to analyze student financial aid and to inform public policy on such programs as the Pell grants and Stafford loans.

Title:  Digest of Education Statistics, 2011
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