The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a report presenting the newest higher education data available on institutional characteristics, cost of attendance, tuition and fees, degrees conferred, and enrollment.
Using the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), NCES produced a report providing a first look into preliminary data for “the IPEDS fall 2013 data collection, which included three survey components: Institutional Characteristics for the 2013-14 academic year; Completions, covering the period July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013; and 12-Month Enrollment, covering the period July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013.” The report provides data for 7,397 institutions in the United States and other U.S. jurisdictions that are required to report data to the federal government due to their participation in Title IV federal student financial aid programs such as Pell Grants or Stafford Loans during the 2013-14 academic year.
Some selected findings presented in the report include:
· In 2013-14, of the 7,397 Title IV institutions in the United States and other U.S. jurisdictions, 3,122 were classified as 4-year institutions, 2,230 were 2-year institutions, and the remaining 2,045 were less-than-2-year institutions.
· Average tuition and required fees for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates at public and nonprofit 4-year institutions increased from 2011-12 to 2013-14, while tuition and required fees decreased at for-profit 4-year institutions over the same period. After adjusting for inflation, public institutions reported a 4 percent increase (to about $7,800) for in-state students and a 3 percent increase (to approximately $17,500) for out-of-state students, and nonprofit institutions reported a 4 percent increase (to about $24,800). For-profit institutions reported average tuition and required fees of approximately $15,400 for 2013-14, which represents a decrease of 3 percent when compared with the inflation-adjusted figure from 2011-12.
· Of the roughly 3.0 million students receiving degrees at 4-year Title IV institutions, 47 percent were 18 to 24 years old. The proportion of degree recipients classified into this age group varied by control of institution. At public institutions, 55 percent of the approximately 1.7 million degree recipients were 18 to 24 years old. Forty-five percent of the approximately 986,000 degree recipients at nonprofit institutions and 14 percent of the roughly 341,000 degree recipients at for-profit institutions were 18 to 24 years old.
· Institutions reported a 12-month unduplicated headcount enrollment totaling about 28.3 million individual students. Of these, roughly 24.5 million were undergraduates and approximately 3.8 million were graduate students.