Trends in Higher Education

Trends in Student Aid

The Trends in Student Aid report details how much financial aid students get to help them pay for college, where that aid comes from, and how the amount and distribution of aid has changed over time.

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Find information about grant aid from government and private sources, federal and private loans, education tax benefits, and federal work-study assistance. The report also looks at the amount of debt incurred pursuing a college education. Examining how funding is distributed and how distribution has changed over time is critical to understanding the effectiveness of the student aid system and evaluating potential changes. 

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