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ERIC Number: ED503019
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May-1
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Twelve Facts That May Surprise You about America's Private Colleges and Universities
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
The role that independent colleges and universities play in meeting the national interest of providing educational opportunity is not always recognized. The information in this report demonstrates how independent colleges and universities provide affordable access to students from a diverse array of backgrounds. Students who attend these institutions succeed in reaching their educational goals. Most of the information in the report is based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics. The twelve findings include: (1) most students pay less than the published tuition at private colleges and universities because of grants and scholarships; (2) even full tuition does not cover the instructional and other costs to the institution; (3) grant aid now covers a greater proportion of student tuition than it did a decade ago; (4) most financial aid received by students at private colleges and universities is based on financial need; (5) the proportion of students from racial and ethnic minorities is almost the same at private institutions as it is at 4-year state institutions; (6) the proportion of low- and middle-income students is almost the same at private and public institutions; (7) many older, working and part-time students attend private colleges and universities; (8) students who have dependents or support themselves attend private colleges and universities at about the same rate as at 4-year state institutions; (9) students who work full time, have a high school equivalency diploma, or face other challenges are more likely to graduate from a private institution than a state school; (10) all types of students are as likely to earn a degree in 4 years at a private college or university as they are in 6 years at a state institution; (11) regardless of academic preparation, students are as likely to earn a degree in 4 years at a private college or university as they are in 6 years at a state institution; and (12) students who earn bachelor's degrees are able to do so sooner at private colleges and universities than at state institutions. These findings dispute many misconceptions about private colleges and universities, and highlight the important role of such institutions in higher education. (Contains 22 figures.) [For previous version of this document, see ED475716.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.