Profile of Very Low- and Low-Income Undergraduates

A Statistics in Brief report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) focuses on two groups of low-income undergraduate students enrolled in U.S. postsecondary institutions in 2015–16: very low- and low-income students, defined as those whose family incomes fell below 50% and between 50 and 100%, respectively, of the federal poverty level for their family size. The report compares these students’ demographic and enrollment characteristics, financial aid, and price of attendance with those of students whose family incomes were above the federal poverty level.  

The report can be obtained at