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Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences. National Center for Education Statistics
The National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey (NPSAS) collected data from students, former students, parents, and institutions in order to determine how postsecondary student financial aid is targeted, received, and used. The survey, which focused on Guaranteed Student Loan (GSL) recipients, was designed to address such basic questions as who received financial aid, how financial aid was distributed among different types of students and institutions, how much students borrowed to finance their education expenses, and what sources of support students used to pay for postsecondary education. The NPSAS-Student Loan Recipient Survey (SLRS) gathered information on education of respondents, loan received, employment history, and background characteristics such as sex, age, race, citizenship, residence, marital status, and current employment. A parent survey was also conducted, and data were collected on relationship to student, total number of children in family, how much respondents spent on clothing, food, and books and supplies for students, other loans taken out, when respondents started saving for their children's college expenses, and what type of savings accounts they used. The NPSAS-Student Loan Recipient Transcript Survey was designed to gather postsecondary school transcripts for the GSL recipients who were surveyed in the SLRS. The Transcript Survey utilized four levels of inquiry: student, transcript, term, and course. In order to update records on GSL recipients, postsecondary institutions attended by former loan recipients were surveyed. The survey contacted all types of institutions, including public, private nonprofit, and private for-profit two- and four-year institutions, along with schools offering only occupational programs of less than two years. Data were collected concerning financial aid award amounts, student characteristics, educational activities, programs of study elected by loan recipients, classes taken, and financial aid and registrar records.
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United States Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences. National Center for Education Statistics. National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey, 1987. ICPSR09299-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990. doi:10.3886/ICPSR09299.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09299.v1
This survey was funded by:
- United States Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences. National Center for Education Statistics (OE-300-86-0044)
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: college students, debt, demographic characteristics, education costs, education expenditures, funding, grants, higher education, loans, parents, payments, postsecondary education, student financial aid, student loans
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: All individuals who applied for and received Guaranteed Student Loans through the GSL or the Federally Insured Student Loan (FISL) program between 1976 and 1987.
Data Types: survey data
Sample: The NPSAS-SLRS used a multistage probability sample of individuals awarded loans through the GSL or the Federally Insured Student Loan (FISL) program, and who left postsecondary schooling during the period from 1976 to 1985. The sample was designed to include both Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) and non-HEGIS schools, including public and private two- and four-year institutions within both school types. Classification of schools was taken from the 1984-85 HEGIS files.
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Original ICPSR Release: 1990-10-16
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