NEBHE Supports the 2019–20 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:20)

By NEBHE Staff

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is currently collecting data for the 2019–20 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:20), which is designed to provide both national and state-level financial aid data.

NPSAS:20 will enable researchers, policymakers, and other higher education stakeholders to generate state-representative undergraduate financial aid estimates and compare aid programs at the state level.

NEBHE supports NPSAS:20, which will help fill important gaps in the postsecondary education data landscape, and encourage institutions to participate if selected for the study.

Institution participation is particularly important for achieving state-representative estimates. Upon conclusion of the study, participating institutions will receive a data feedback report allowing staff to see how their institution compares to financial aid estimates at the sector, state, and national levels (depending on response rates).

Institution data collection for NPSAS occurs in two main phases. The first is enrollment list collection, during which institutions are asked to submit a list of all students enrolled during the 2019-20 academic year. In the second phase, student records collection, institutions are asked to provide financial aid and other data for a subset of students sampled from their list. Enrollment lists will be collected until early July 2020 with student records collection continuing through the fall.

The data for a prior study, NPSAS:18-AC, are forthcoming.

NPSAS:20 is being administered by RTI International on behalf of NCES. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Austin Caperton, manager of institution outreach , at


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