College payment - how typical U.S. families pay for college, by contribution 2019

This statistic shows how the typical family paid for college for the academic year of 2018-19, by percent of total typical contribution made from each source. During this period, grants and scholarships made up 31 percent of the total cost of college attendance in the United States, whereas contributions from relatives and friends made up only two percent.

How the typical family in the United States pays for college in 2019, by percent of total typical contribution made from each source

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Release date

July 2019


United States

Survey time period

April 5 to May 6, 2019

Number of respondents

2,000 respondents

Special properties

dependent undergraduate students and parents

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

Sample size was 2,000 participants: 1,000 parents of 18 to 24-year-old undergraduate students, and 1,000 18 to 24-year-old undergraduate students.

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