Share of Students Receiving Grant Aid

Grant aid is the form of financial aid that best relieves the financial pressure of paying for college—grants do not have to be repaid. In 2015–16, when 77.4 percent of students who attended one institution full time received grant aid from at least one source, there was considerable variation across domestic racial and ethnic groups. The proportion of students receiving grant aid ranged from 74.7 percent of White students and 77.2 percent of Asian students to 88.9 percent of Black students and 89.8 percent of American Indian or Alaska Native students. Within sectors, full-time Black and American Indian or Alaska Native students were consistently the most likely and White or Asian students the least likely to receive grant aid.

Share of Undergraduates Receiving Grant Aid, by Sector and Race and Ethnicity: 2015-16

Source

U.S. Department of Education, National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 2016

Notes:
Institutions were categorized into sectors based upon control of the institution and the length of the predominant award granted.

Estimate suppressed for American Indian or Alaska Native students at private nonprofit four-year institutions. Reporting standards not met.

Estimate suppressed for Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander students at public four-year and two-year institutions, and at private nonprofit four-year institutions. Reporting standards not met.

Estimate for international students at for-profit institutions should be interpreted with caution. Ratio of standard error is > 50 percent.