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New Information Available on Higher Education Funding Database

Want to know the percentage of college students in your state receiving financial aid? Wonder if it has gone up in recent years? What about the four-year graduation rate for those students?

That information is available online from the New America Foundation's Federal Education Budget Project, and the figures on its education funding database were updated yesterday.

The most recent information from the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit think tank reflects the 2010 school year and covers more than 7,500 of the nation's higher education institutions. The full database contains the latest on federal funding, student demographics, and student achievement for 50 states and nearly 14,000 school districts.

The website includes price of attendance by institution; spending on federal aid programs (Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, Work Study, etc.) and number of recipients; average grant and loan aid per student and the percent of students receiving aid by state and institution; enrollment by institution and state, including breakdown by race, ethnicity, and gender; student graduation and retention rates; loan default rates; and net price by school for students from families who make $30,000 or less a year.

The website is a resource for policymakers and consumers looking to make comparisons of financing and student outcomes in states, school districts, and institutions of higher education. To search, click here.

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