- Finance & Affordability
Undergraduate Grant Aid
The share of undergraduates receiving aid increased across all types of aid – state grant aid, institutional grant aid, and federal grant aid. Average state grant aid increased by 54% between 2010 and 2020 compared to federal grant aid, which increased by just 5%.
Notes: Average aid and share of undergraduates receiving aid are for first-time, full-time undergraduates at public two- and four-year institutions only. Data not available in all years for all states or territories.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Student Financial Aid, 2010-11 to 2020-21.
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Senior Research Analyst, Policy Analysis and Research
Colleen Falkenstern serves as a research analyst in WICHE’s Policy Analysis and Research unit. In her role, she supports the development of WICHE’s annual data resources—Regional Fact Book for Higher Education in the West, Benchmarks (of access and success), and Tuition and Fees in Public Higher Education in the West. She also provides analytical support for WICHE’s quadrennial projections of high school graduates, Knocking at the College Door. She received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from the University of South Carolina—Columbia and a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Denver.