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Student Financial Aid for institutions reporting on a full-year cohort (public program reporters)
Overview 
IPEDS Student Financial Aid Component Overview
Program Reporters
 Welcome to the Student Financial Aid (SFA) component. The purpose of the SFA component is to collect information about financial aid provided to various groups of undergraduate students and military/veteran educational benefits for all students at your institution.

 
 Changes to This Year’s SFA Component
There were no changes implemented for the 2016-17 data collection period.
 
   
 Data Reporting Reminders

Undergraduate Student Groups
You will be asked to report information for different groups of students.
  • Group 1: All undergraduate students
  • Group 2: Of Group 1, full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students
  • Group 3: Of Group 2, students enrolled in the institution’s largest program and were awarded any grant/scholarship aid from the federal government, state/local government, or the institution. For public institutions, include only those students paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate.
  • Group 4: Of Group 2, students enrolled in the institution’s largest program and were awarded any Title IV federal student aid. For public institutions, include only those students paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate.
SFA Overview
 
 COA Revisions
Revisions to Cost of Attendance used to calculate the net price of attendance can be made in this component.

Consult the instructions and screens to make sure you are reporting the correct aid amounts for the correct groups of students.

 
   
 
 College Affordability and Transparency Lists
Net price amounts calculated in SFA will be used to populate the Department’s College Affordability and Transparency lists.

Interactive Edits and Error Messages
SFA contains interactive edits that will check for blank fields, invalid values, or values that fall outside expected ranges. Some error messages will require you to confirm or explain the values that you entered. Some error messages are fatal and will require you to contact the IPEDS Help Desk at 1-877-225-2568 for resolution.

Context Boxes
You will find optional text boxes throughout SFA. Context boxes allow you to provide more information about the data you enter. Some of these context boxes may be made available to the public on College Navigator, so make sure that the information you enter can be understood easily by students, parents, and the general public.

 
 Resources

To download the survey materials for this component: Survey Materials
 
 To access your prior year data submission for this component: Reported Data 
 
 
Section 1: Part A 
Part A - Establish Your Groups
Part A establishes the number of students in various groups. Note that the numbers on this screen will be carried forward to other parts of the Student Financial Aid component.

In the fields below, report the number of students in each of the following groups.
 July 1, 2015- June 30, 2016YOUR PRIOR YEAR DATA
2014-15
01Group 1
All undergraduate students
   
02Group 2
Of those in Group 1, those who are full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking
   
  02aOf those in Group 2, those who were awarded any Federal Work Study, loans to students, or grant or scholarship aid from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, or other sources known to the institution   
 02bOf those in Group 2, those who were awarded any loans to students or grant or scholarship aid from the federal government, state/local government, or the institution   
03Group 3
Of those in Group 2, those enrolled in your institution’s largest program paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from the following sources: the federal government, state/local government, or the institution
   
04Group 4
Of those in Group 2, those enrolled in your institution’s largest program paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded any Title IV federal student aid
   
 
Section 1: Part B 
Part B – Enter Information about Group 1
Part B includes information about Group 1. Group 1 students are ALL undergraduate students (including first-time students) enrolled any time during the academic year 2015-16.
For this part, report:
For These StudentsThe Following Type(s) of AidAwarded in This Period
  • All undergraduate students
  • Grant or scholarship aid from the federal government
  • Grant or scholarship aid from state/local government
  • Grant or scholarship aid from the institution
  • Grant or scholarship aid from other sources known to the institution
  • Loans to students from the federal government
  • Any time during academic year 2015-16 (the aid year period from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016)
In the fields below, report the number of Group 1 students and the total amount of aid awarded to these students for each type of aid.
 
Information from Part A:2015-16
Group 1
All undergraduate students
(This number is carried forward from Part A, Line 01)
  
 
Aid Type2015-16
Number of Group 1 students who were awarded aidPercentage of Group 1 students who were awarded aidTotal amount of aid awarded to Group 1 studentsAverage amount of aid awarded to Group 1 students
01Grant or scholarship aid from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution (Do NOT include federal student loans)      
02Pell grants      
03Federal student loans      
These context notes may be posted on the College Navigator website. You may use the space below to provide context for data you've reported above. These context notes may be posted on the College Navigator website and should be written to be understood by students and parents.
 
 
Section 1: Part C, Page 2 
Part C, Page 2 - Enter Information about Group 2
Part C includes financial aid information about Group 2. Group 2 students are all full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students enrolled any time during academic year 2015-16.
For this part, report:
 
For These StudentsThe Following Type(s) of AidAwarded in This Period
  • Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students enrolled any time during academic year 2015-16
  • Grant or scholarship aid from the federal government
  • Grant or scholarship aid from state/local government
  • Grant or scholarship aid from the institution
  • Loans to students from the federal government and from other sources, including private or other loans
  • Do not include grant or scholarship aid from private or other sources
  • Do not include PLUS loans or loans made to anyone other than the student
  • Any time during academic year 2015-16
  • For program reporters, this is the aid year period from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.
In the fields below, report the number of Group 2 students and the total amount of aid awarded to these students for each type of aid. Enter unduplicated student counts within a category (e.g., Pell grants). However, a student can appear in more than one aid category.
 
Information from Part A:2015-16
Group 2
Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates
(This number is carried forward from Part A, Line 02)
  
Group 2a
Of those in Group 2, those who were awarded any Federal Work Study, loans to students, or grant or scholarship aid from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, or other sources known to the institution
(This number is carried forward from Part A, Line 02a)
  
Group 2b
Of those in Group 2, those who were awarded any loans to students or grant or scholarship aid from the federal government, state/local government, or the institution
(This number is carried forward from Part A, Line 02b)
  
Group 3
Of those in Group 2, those who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from the federal government, state/local government, or the institution
  
Aid Type YOUR PRIOR YEAR DATA
2015-162014-15
Number of Group 2 students who were awarded aidPercentage of Group 2 students who were awarded aidTotal amount of aid awarded to Group 2 studentsAverage amount of aid awarded to Group 2 studentsAverage amount of aid awarded to Group 2 students
01Grants or scholarships from the federal government, state/local government, or the institution         
 02Federal grants         
  02aPell grants        
  02bOther federal grants        
 03State/local government grants or scholarships (grants/scholarships/waivers)        
 04Institutional grants or scholarships (scholarships/fellowships)
        
05Loans to students         
  05aFederal loans        
  05bOther loans (including private loans)        
These context notes may be posted on the College Navigator. You may use the space below to provide context for the data you've reported above. These context notes may be posted on the College Navigator website and should be written to be understood by students and parents. For example, institutions may report here other sources of private aid not included in the categories above.
 
 
Section 1: Comparison Chart 
Comparison Chart
Based on the information reported on the previous screens for Group 1 (all undergraduates) and Group 2 (full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates), this comparison chart seeks to help institutions check their reported data. Assuming that the information on Groups 1 and 2 are correct, then the calculated fields for ‘All Other Undergraduates’ should be the balance (Group 1 minus Group 2). If the balance does not check with your institution’s calculations, please correct your reported numbers for Groups 1 and 2 before moving forward with the completion of the SFA survey component.

Note: Data for the 'All Other Undergraduates' will appear in the IPEDS Data Center for data users, but not in College Navigator.
  Number of students     Pell grants     Federal Student Loans
01Group 1 (all undergraduates)    
02 Number of students who were awarded aid     
03 Percentage who were awarded aid     
04 Total amount of aid awarded     
05 Average amount of aid awarded     
06Group 2 (Full-time first-time undergraduates)    
07 Number of students who were awarded aid     
08 Percentage who were awarded aid     
09 Total amount of aid awarded     
10 Average amount of aid awarded     
11All other undergraduates
(Line 01 - Line 06)
    
12 Number of students who were awarded aid
(Line 02 - Line 07)
     
13 Percentage who were awarded aid
(Line 12 / Line 11)
     
14 Total amount of aid awarded
(Line 04 - Line 09)
     
15 Average amount of aid awarded
(Line 14 / Line 12)
     
 
Section 1: Cost of Attendance 
Cost of attendance
These numbers are carried forward from Institutional Characteristics and should only be changed if an error was made in the reporting.
CIP CODE OF LARGEST PROGRAM  
TITLE OF LARGEST PROGRAM  
Total length of PROGRAM in WEEKS, as completed by a student attending full-time  
Total length of ACADEMIC YEAR (as used to calculate your Pell budget) in WEEKS  
Published student charges for the entire program2013-142014-152015-16
 Tuition and required fees for the entire program   
  Books and supplies for the entire program   

The following numbers need to be reported for 4 weeks (1 month).

The correct numbers should be available from your financial aid office. Off-campus numbers should be based on costs for your area, not on national averages.
On-campus:
 Room and board for 4 weeks (1 month)   
 Other expenses for 4 weeks (1 month)   
 Room and board and other expenses for 4 weeks (1 month)      
Off-campus (not with family):
 Room and board for 4 weeks (1 month)   
 Other expenses for 4 weeks (1 month)   
 Room and board and other expenses for 4 weeks (1 month)      
Off-campus (with family):
 Other expenses for 4 weeks (1 month)   
 
Section 1: Cost of Attendance - calculated 
Cost of attendance
These numbers are carried forward from Institutional Characteristics and should only be changed if an error was made in the reporting.
CIP CODE OF LARGEST PROGRAM  
TITLE OF LARGEST PROGRAM  
Published student charges for the entire program2013-142014-152015-16 
 Tuition and required fees       
 Books and supplies       
On-campus:
 Room and board                                               
 Other expenses       
 Room and board and other expenses       
Off-campus (not with family):
 Room and board                                               
 Other expenses       
 Room and board and other expenses       
Off-campus (with family):
 Other expenses       
 
Section 1: Part D 
Part D - Enter Information about Group 3
Part D includes financial aid information about Group 3. Group 3 students are all full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in your institution’s largest program any time during academic year 2015-16 paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from the following sources: the federal government, state/local government, or the institution. The information you report in this part will be used in Part F to calculate average institutional net price.
Note:
In this part, you must report information for your institution’s largest program. Your largest program is the program with the most number of undergraduate students enrolled. You must provide three years’ worth of data for your largest program.
For this part, report:
For These StudentsThe Following Type(s) of AidAwarded in This Period
  • Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in your institution’s largest program paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from the following sources: the federal government, state/local government, or the institution
  • Do not include students who were awarded only grant or scholarship aid from private or other sources, or students who were awarded only non-grant aid
  • Grant or scholarship aid from the federal government
  • Grant or scholarship aid from state/local government
  • Grant or scholarship aid from the institution
  • Do not include grant or scholarship aid from private or other sources
  • Any time during academic year 2015-16 (the aid year period from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016)
In the fields below, report the number of Group 3 students with each type of living arrangement and the total amount of grant or scholarship aid from the federal government, state/local government, or the institution awarded to these students.

Largest Program Information from the IPEDS Institutional Characteristics component2015-16
 CIP Code  
 Title  
 
Information from Part A:YOUR PRIOR
YEAR DATA
2013-14
YOUR PRIOR
YEAR DATA
2014-15
2015-16
Group 3
Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in your institution’s largest program paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from the following sources: the federal government, state/local government, or the institution
(This number is carried forward from Part A, Line 03)
    
01Report the number of Group 3 students with the following living arrangements:YOUR PRIOR
YEAR DATA
YOUR PRIOR
YEAR DATA
 
2013-142014-152015-16
 01aOn-campus   
 01bOff-campus (with family)   
 01cOff-campus (not with family)   
 01dUnknown (calculated)
This value is calculated using the following formula: [A03-(D01a+D01b+D01c)]
      
02Report the total amount of grant or scholarship aid from the federal government, state/local government, or the institution awarded to Group 3 students   
03Average grant or scholarship aid from the federal government, state/local government, or the institution awarded to Group 3 students (calculated value).
This value is calculated using the following formula: [D02/A03]
      
You may use the space below to provide context for the data you've reported above.
 
 
Section 1: Part E 
Part E – Enter Information about Group 4
Part E includes financial aid information about Group 4. Group 4 students are full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in your institution’s largest program any time during academic year 2015-16 paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded any Title IV federal student aid. The information you report in this part will be used in Part G to calculate average institutional net price by income level.
Note:
In this part, you must report information for your institution’s largest program. Your largest program is the program with the most number of undergraduate students enrolled. You must provide three years’ worth of data for your largest program.
For this part report:
For These StudentsThe Following Type(s) of AidAwarded in This Period
  • Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in your institution’s largest program paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded any Title IV federal student aid
  • Grant or scholarship aid from:
    • federal government
    • state/local government
    • institution
  • Do not include:
    • grant or scholarship aid from private or other sources
    • loan amounts
    • Federal Work Study amounts
  • Any time during academic year 2015-16 (the aid year period from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016)
In the fields below, report the number of Group 4 students with each type of living arrangement and the total amount of grant or scholarship aid from the federal government, state/local government, or the institution awarded to these students by income level.
 Largest program:
 CIP Code  
 Title  
Information from Part A:YOUR PRIOR
YEAR DATA

2013-14
YOUR PRIOR
YEAR DATA

2014-15
2015-16
Group 4
Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in your institution’s largest program paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded any Title IV federal student aid
(This number is carried forward from Part A, Line 04)
    
01Report the number of Group 4 students with the following living arrangements:YOUR PRIOR
YEAR DATA
YOUR PRIOR
YEAR DATA
 
2013-142014-152015-16
 01aOn-campus   
 01bOff-campus (with family)   
 01cOff-campus (not with family)   
 01dUnknown (calculated)
This value is calculated using the formula: [A04-(E01a+E01b+E01c)]
      
 Number of students who were awarded any Title IV aid (Group 4)Of those in Column 1, the number who were awarded any grant or scholarship aid from the following sources: the federal government, state/local government, or the institutionOf those in Column 1, the total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded from the following sources: the federal government, state/local government, or the institution Average amount of federal, state/local, and institutional grant or scholarship aid awarded to Group 4 students
 2013-14
 Col. 1Col. 2Col. 3Col. 4
02Income level
 02a$0-30,000     
 02b$30,001-48,000     
 02c$48,001-75,000     
 02d$75,001-110,000     
 02e$110,001 and more     
 02fTotal all income levels        
 2014-15
 Col. 1Col. 2Col. 3Col. 4
03Income level
 03a$0-30,000     
 03b$30,001-48,000     
 03c$48,001-75,000     
 03d$75,001-110,000     
 03e$110,001 and more     
 03fTotal all income levels        
 2015-16
 Col. 1Col. 2Col. 3Col. 4
04 Income level
 04a$0-30,000     
 04b$30,001-48,000     
 04c$48,001-75,000     
 04d$75,001-110,000     
 04e$110,001 and more     
 04fTotal all income levels        
You may use the space below to provide context for the data you've reported above.
 
 
Section 1: Part F 
Part F - Net Price Calculation for Group 3
The following net price calculation is based on information that your institution reported in the Institutional Characteristics component and the Student Financial Aid component. For more information about data your institution reported in the Institutional Characteristics component, please contact your institution’s IPEDS Keyholder.
 YOUR PRIOR
YEAR DATA
YOUR PRIOR
YEAR DATA
2015-16
2013-142014-15
 Components of cost of attendance

Please note: Net price calculations use ACADEMIC YEAR costs, not full program costs

 
 Largest program:
 CIP Code  
 Title  
01Published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state)      
02Books and supplies      
03Room and board and other expenses by living arrangement   
 03aOn-campus      
 03bOff-campus (with family)      
 03cOff-campus (not with family)      
04Number of Group 3 students by living arrangement   
 04aOn-campus      
 04bOff-campus (with family)      
 04cOff-campus (not with family)      
 04dUnknown      
05Weighted average for room and board and other expenses by living arrangement (excluding unknown values)
See instructions for the formula for this calculation
      
06Total cost of attendance
This value is calculated using the following formula: [F01+F02+F05]
      
07Average amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to Group 3 students from the following sources: the federal government, state/local government, and the institution      
08Average institutional net price for Group 3 students
This value is calculated using the following formula: [F06-F07]
      
As required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, these amounts will be posted on the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator website and used in the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Lists.

Do you wish to provide additional context notes?
  No  Yes
These context notes may be posted on the College Navigator. You may use the space below to provide context for these data. These context notes may be posted on the College Navigator website and should be written to be understood by students and parents.
 
 
Section 1: Part G 
Part G - Net Price Calculation for Group 4
The following net price calculation is based on information that your institution reported in the Institutional Characteristics component and the Student Financial Aid component. For more information about data your institution reported in the Institutional Characteristics component, please contact your institution’s IPEDS Keyholder.
 YOUR PRIOR
YEAR DATA
YOUR PRIOR
YEAR DATA
2015-16
2013-142014-15
 Components of cost of attendance

Please note: Net price calculations use ACADEMIC YEAR costs, not full program costs

   
 Largest program:
 CIP Code  
 Title  
01Published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state)      
02Books and supplies      
03Room and board and other expenses by living arrangement   
 03aOn-campus      
 03bOff-campus (with family)      
 03cOff-campus (not with family)      
04Number of Group 4 students by living arrangement   
 04aOn-campus      
 04bOff-campus (with family)      
 04cOff-campus (not with family)      
 04dUnknown      
05Weighted average for room and board and other expenses by living arrangement (excluding unknown values)
See instructions for the formula for this calculation
      
06Total cost of attendance
This value is calculated using the following formula: [G01+G02+G05]
      
07Average amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to Group 4 students from the following sources: the federal government, state/local government, and the institution.      
 07a$0-30,000      
 07b$30,001-48,000      
 07c$48,001-75,000      
 07d$75,001-110,000      
 07e$110,001 and more      
08Average institutional net price for Group 4 students
This value is calculated using the following formula: [G06-G07]
   
 08a$0-30,000      
 08b$30,001-48,000      
 08c$48,001-75,000      
 08d$75,001-110,000      
 08e$110,001 and more      
As required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, these amounts will be posted on the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator website.

Do you wish to provide additional context notes?
  No  Yes
These context notes may be posted on the College Navigator. You may use the space below to provide context for these data. These context notes may be posted on the College Navigator website and should be written to be understood by students and parents.
 
 
Section 2: Military Servicemembers and Veteran's Benefits 
Section 2: Military Servicemembers and Veteran's Benefits
IMPORTANT NOTE: Report for Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016 and Report for Department of Defense Tuition Assistance Program: October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016
Program reporters should be reporting the information on this screen for ALL programs (not just the largest program).
  • Report the total number of student recipients and the total dollar amounts for each program.
  • Student recipients can also include eligible dependents.
  • Consult with your campus certifying official, who may not be in the student financial aid office.
  • For Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits, do not include the matching institutional aid provided through the Yellow Ribbon Program if your school participated.
  • Information reported to IPEDS is only what is known to the institution.
  • Enter zero (0) if your institution did not have beneficiaries for that student level or program. Please do not leave a cell blank.
Type of benefit/assistanceNumber of students
receiving benefits/assistance
Total dollar amount of
benefits/assistance awarded
through the institution
Average dollar amount of
benefits/assistance awarded
through the institution
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits
Undergraduate students    
Graduate students    
Total      
 
Department of Defense Tuition Assistance Program
Undergraduate students    
Graduate students    
Total      
 
 
Prepared by 
 
This survey component was prepared by:
   Keyholder  SFA Contact  HR Contact 
   Finance Contact  Academic Library Contact  Other 
 Name:  
 Email:  
 
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The name of the preparer is being collected so that we can follow up with the appropriate person in the event that there are questions concerning the data. The Keyholder will be copied on all email correspondence to other preparers.
The time it took to prepare this component is being collected so that we can continue to improve our estimate of the reporting burden associated with IPEDS. Please include in your estimate the time it took for you to review instructions, query and search data sources, complete and review the component, and submit the data through the Data Collection System.
Thank you for your assistance.
 
 
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Glossary date: 9/27/2016
Term Definition
Federal grants (grants/educational assistance funds) Grants provided by federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Education, including Title IV Pell Grants and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG). Also includes need-based and merit-based educational assistance funds and training vouchers provided from other federal agencies and/or federally-sponsored educational benefits programs. (Used for reporting on the Student Financial Aid component)
Financial aid Federal Work Study, grants, loans to students (government and/or private), assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, tuition waivers, tuition discounts, employer aid (tuition reimbursement) and other monies (other than from relatives/friends) provided to students to meet expenses. This excludes loans to parents.
First-time student (undergraduate) A student who has no prior postsecondary experience (except as noted below) attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. This includes students enrolled in academic or occupational programs. It also includes students enrolled in the fall term who attended college for the first time in the prior summer term, and students who entered with advanced standing (college credits earned before graduation from high school).
Full-time student Undergraduate: A student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits, or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. Graduate: A student enrolled for 9 or more semester credits, or 9 or more quarter credits, or a student involved in thesis or dissertation preparation that is considered full-time by the institution. Doctor's degree - Professional practice - as defined by the institution.
Institutional grants Scholarships and fellowships granted and funded by the institution and/or individual departments within the institution, (i.e., instruction, research, public service) that may contribute indirectly to the enhancement of these programs . Includes scholarships targeted to certain individuals (e.g., based on state of residence, major field of study, athletic team participation) for which the institution designates the recipient.
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), conducted by the NCES, began in 1986 and involves annual institution-level data collections. All postsecondary institutions that have a Program Participation Agreement with the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), U.S. Department of Education (throughout IPEDS referred to as "Title IV") are required to report data using a web-based data collection system. IPEDS currently consists of the following components: Institutional Characteristics (IC); 12-month Enrollment (E12);Completions (C); Admissions (ADM); Student Financial Aid (SFA); Human Resources (HR) composed of Employees by Assigned Position, Fall Staff, and Salaries; Fall Enrollment (EF); Graduation Rates (GR); Outcome Measures (OM); Finance (F); and Academic Libraries (AL).
Loans to students Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
Military Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) A program that funds up to 100% of an eligible servicemember's college tuition and course-specific fees. Available only to eligible servicemembers who are currently in active service as long as criteria limits are not exceeded and students are enrolled off-duty in an U.S. Department of Education accredited post-secondary institution. This military benefit is paid directly to the postsecondary institution by the individual's Armed service.
Net price The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 defines institutional net price as "the average yearly price actually charged to first-time, full-time undergraduate students receiving student aid at an institution of higher education after deducting such aid." In IPEDS, average institutional net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state for public institutions), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses. Cost of attendance data are collected in the Institutional Characteristics (IC) component of IPEDS, and financial aid data are collected in the Student Financial Aid (SFA) component of IPEDS.
Off-campus (not with family) A living arrangement in which a student does not live with the student's parents or legal guardians in any housing facility that is not owned or controlled by the educational institution.
Off-campus (with family) A living arrangement in which a student lives with the student's parents or legal guardians in any housing facility that is not owned or controlled by the educational institution.
On-campus housing Any residence hall or housing facility owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes.
Post 9/11 GI Bill A federal education benefit program for veterans, who served on active duty after September 10, 2001. This Department of Veteran Affairs benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits at an approved institution for the following college costs: tuition and fees, books and supplies and housing. The tuition and fees payment, which is the cost for an in-state student attending a public institution, is made directly to the postsecondary institution whereas payments for books and supplies and housing are sent directly to the student.
Scholarships Grants-in-aid, trainee stipends, tuition and required fee waivers, prizes or other monetary awards given to undergraduate students.
State and local grants Grant monies provided by the state such as Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnerships (LEAP) (formerly SSIG's); merit scholarships provided by the state; and tuition and fee waivers for which the institution was reimbursed by a state agency. Local government grants include scholarships or gift-aid awarded directly to the student. (Used for reporting Finance data for private for-profit institutions )
Title IV institution An institution that has a written agreement with the Secretary of Education that allows the institution to participate in any of the Title IV federal student financial assistance programs (other than the State Student Incentive Grant (SSIG) and the National Early Intervention Scholarship and Partnership (NEISP) programs).
Transfer of Entitlement Option A program through which any unused Post 9/11 GI Bill may be transferred to a spouse or dependent(s) as long as servicemembers or veterans meet the additional Department of Veterans Affairs’ criteria. Only Department of Defense (DoD) can approve transfer of benefits requests.
Yellow Ribbon Program A voluntary program through which participating public and private institutions can provide veterans and eligible beneficiaries additional institutional aid to cover the costs of tuition and fees at their institutions. The Yellow Ribbon Program is a supplementary program to the Post 9/11 GI Bill coverage of in-state tuition and fees. The Department of Veterans Affairs matches the institutional aid provided beyond the in-state tuition and fees, but to certain limit each year.

 
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