Chapter 8: State Indicators

Higher Education

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State expenditures on student aid per full-time undergraduate student: 2002

State expenditures on student aid per full-time undergraduate student: 2002

State Expenditures on Student Aid per Full-Time Undergraduate Student: 2002.


State expenditures on student aid per full-time undergraduate student: 2002*

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California Arkansas Idaho Alabama
Florida Colorado Kansas Alaska
Georgia Connecticut Maine Arizona
Illinois Indiana Michigan Delaware
Kentucky Iowa Mississippi District of Columbia
Louisiana Maryland Missouri Hawaii
Minnesota Massachusetts Nebraska Montana
New Jersey Nevada Oklahoma New Hampshire
New Mexico North Carolina Oregon North Dakota
New York Ohio Rhode Island South Dakota
Pennsylvania Texas Tennessee Utah
South Carolina Vermont West Virginia Wyoming
Washington Virginia Wisconsin  
*States in alphabetical order, not data order.

SOURCES: National Association of State Scholarship and Grant Programs, Annual Survey Report; and U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. See table 8-19.

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  • In the United States, the total amount of state financial aid from grants that were provided to undergraduates rose from nearly $2.8 billion in 1995 to nearly $5.0 billion in 2002, an average annual increase of 8.7%. On a per-student basis, this represented an average annual increase of 7.1%, rising from $414 in 1995 to $671 in 2002.

  • The amount of financial assistance provided by the states and the District of Columbia varied greatly; 13 averaged less than $100 per undergraduate student, and 6 provided more than $1,000 per student.

  • Most states showed rather small increases in the amount of state aid they provided to undergraduates between 1995 and 2002.

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The cost of an undergraduate education can be reduced with financial assistance from the state, federal government, or academic institution. This indicator measures the amount of financial support from state grants that go to undergraduate students at both public and private institutions in the state. It is calculated by dividing the total state grant aid to undergraduates by the number of full-time undergraduates who are attending school in the state. A high value is one indicator of state efforts to provide access to higher education at a time of escalating undergraduate costs.

This indicator should be viewed relative to the level of tuition charged to undergraduates in a state because some states have chosen to subsidize tuition for all students at public institutions rather than provide grants.

Total state grant expenditures for financial aid include both need-based and non-need-based grants. State assistance through subsidized or unsubsidized loans and awards to students at the graduate and first professional degree levels are not included. The number of undergraduate students represents the total full-time undergraduate enrollment in both public and private 4-year institutions in the state. The year is the latter date of the academic year. For example, data for 2002 represent costs for the 2001–02 academic year.

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