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Download the introduction to Trends in Student Aid 2018

In Trends in Student Aid, we report on 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 have changed over time. We also look at the amount of debt students incur as they pursue a college education.

The full report includes information on the following:

  • Grant aid from federal and state governments, colleges and universities, employers, and other private sources
  • Federal and private loans
  • Education tax benefits
  • Federal Work-Study assistance

Understanding how these forms of funding are distributed and how the distribution has changed over time is critical to understanding the effectiveness of the student aid system and evaluating potential changes.

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