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Enrollment by Family Income

Private colleges enroll students of all financial backgrounds, and at about the same percentages as public institutions for low- and middle-income students.
Note: Totals may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 2015, National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), 2012. Tabulation prepared by the Pell Institute and PennAHEAD, 2015 Revised Edition, for Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States: 45 Year Trend Report.



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