Planning actions to pay for college in the U.S. 2018

This statistic illustrates the planning actions taken to pay for college in the United States in 2018. During the survey, 14 percent of respondents worked within a limited school choice, where the parents gave the child a bottom line figure and told the child that he/she couldn't choose a college that cost more than that.

Planning actions to pay for college in the U.S. in 2018

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Sources

Release date

August 2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

April 20 to May 25, 2018

Number of respondents

767 respondents

Age group

18-24 years

Special properties

Parents and students in families who had a plan to pay for college

Method of interview

Online interview

Supplementary notes

Multiple answers were possible.
*Saved: Saved for college before attending
**Created budget: Created a budget that identified amounts we might use from savings, scholarships, financial aid, and/or loans
***Limited school choice: Parents gave child a bottom line figure and told child he/she couldn't choose anything that cost more than that
****Invested in skills: Invested in the student's skills/talents to increase the likelihood of winning scholarships
*****AP courses: Student enrolled in Advanced Placement courses or dual community college enrollment in high school to earn college credits
******Researched costs and financial aid: Researched college costs and financial aid eligibility.

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