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National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) Series

Investigator(s): United States Department of Education. Office of Educational Research and Improvement, National Center for Education Statistics

The National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) series is a comprehensive study designed and implemented by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement with assistance from other federal offices, various associations, and the research community. It grew out of a need for a comprehensive database on postsecondary student financial aid. NPSAS is a student- and former student-based source of data to provide information on how postsecondary student financial aid is targeted, received, and used. The survey focused on Guaranteed Student Loan (GSL) recipients. It includes nationally representative samples of students in all types of postsecondary schools, such as public and private schools, not-for-profits and for-profit schools, two-year and four-year schools, and schools with only occupational programs of less than two years' duration. The NPSAS sample includes students of all academic levels such as undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional students. It includes students who did and did not receive student financial aid, thus allowing comparisons of the costs and financing of education between these groups. A significant component of the NPSAS is the Student Loan Recipient Transcript Survey (SLRS), which collected postsecondary school transcripts for GSL recipients surveyed in the SLRS. This component was designed to provide the means to analyze basic policy issues such as the relationships between educational activities and ability to cope with indebtedness, and the patterns of student loan repayment or default. A parent survey was also conducted in order to provide a total picture of how families pay for college costs. Also conducted was a survey of all types of institutions, abstracted from the GSL files, for the purpose of obtaining the formal transcripts or other equivalent records of GSL recipients' educational activities. Comprehensive student interviews and administrative records, with exceptional detail concerning student financial aid, are available for all eligible students who left postsecondary schooling between 1976 and 1985.

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2003
Thurgood, Lori,  Walter, Elizabeth,  Carter, George,  Henn, Susan,  Huang, Gary,  Nooter, Daniel,  Smith, Wray,  Cash, R. William,  Salvucci, Sameena . NCES Handbook of Survey Methods. NCES 2003-603, Washington, DC: United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
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2002
Coley, Rebekah L.,  Morris, Jodi E. Comparing Father and Mother Reports of Father Involvement among Low-Income Minority Families. Journal of Marriage and Family. 64, (4), 982-997.
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1996
Horn, Laura J.,  Carroll, C. Dennis . Nontraditional Undergraduates: Trends in Enrollment from 1986 to 1992 and Persistence and Attainment Among 1989-90 Beginning Postsecondary Students. NCES 97-578, Washington, DC: United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
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1993
Carroll, Dennis . Changes in Undergraduate Student Financial Aid: Fall 1986 to Fall 1989. NCES 93-157, Washington, DC: United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
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1993
Carroll, Dennis . Quality of Responses, National Postsecondary Student Aid Study: 1987. NCES 93-446, Washington, DC: United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
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1992
Carroll, Dennis . Students in Less-Than-4-Year Institutions. NCES 92-206, Washington, DC: United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
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1992
Schmitt, Carl . National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 1987: Parental Financial Support for Undergraduate Education. NCES 92-390, Washington, DC: United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
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1990
Malitz, Gerald . Methodology Report for the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 1987. NCES 90-309, Washington, DC: United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
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1990
Schmitt, Carl . Profile of American (U.S.) Students. NCES 90-353, Washington, DC: United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
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1990
Stowe, Peter . Undergraduate Financial Aid Awards: A Report of the 1987 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study. NCES 90-332, Washington, DC: United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.
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