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ERIC Number: ED500508
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 117
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
Trends in Undergraduate Borrowing II: Federal Student Loans in 1995-96, 1999-2000, and 2003-04. Postsecondary Education Descriptive Analysis Report. NCES 2008-179
Wei, Christina Chang; Berkner, Lutz
National Center for Education Statistics
This Postsecondary Education Descriptive Analysis Report uses data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Studies (NPSAS:96, NPSAS:2000 and NPSAS:04) to examine trends in Stafford loan borrowing among undergraduates. NPSAS consists of nationally representative survey data that focus on student financial aid and the enrollment and background characteristics of undergraduate and graduate students. Data from the two most recent NPSAS surveys (NPSAS:2000 and NPSAS:04) are used in this report to examine the trends in Stafford loan borrowing among undergraduates since 1995-96, the final year included in the first report. Together the two reports can be used to provide a picture of borrowing trends over the 15-year period, from 1989-90 to 2003-04. This report describes the percentage of students borrowing through the Stafford loan program, the average amount of subsidized, unsubsidized, and total Stafford loans taken out in each of the three NPSAS years, the percentage borrowing the maximum amounts, and the cumulative amounts borrowed through those years. As in the first report, loan amounts are shown in current dollars so that researchers can make adjustments for inflation according to any specific years they would like to compare. Differences over time were tested for statistical significance at p less than 0.05 using standard t-test comparisons. In addition to the figures provided in the text, supplemental tables in appendix A contain undergraduate totals and separate tables for four major sectors (public 2-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, and private for-profit institutions) and for full-time, full-year students within those sectors. For each type of Stafford loan and within each sector, subtotals are shown by undergraduate class level, dependency status, dependent and independent student family income, attendance pattern, and tuition levels. The following are appended: (1) Supplemental Tables; (2) Glossary; and (3) Technical Notes and Methodology. (Contains 43 tables, 35 figures, and 21 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
IES Funded: Yes