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New York State Participation in the 2008 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study


Chief Executive Officers/Presidents of Institutions of Higher Education in New York State

From: Johanna Duncan-Poitier, Senior Deputy Commissioner of P16: Office of Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education and Office of Higher Education



New York State Participation in the 2008 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS 2008)

I am pleased to announce that the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has selected New York State to participate in the 2008 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS 2008).

NPSAS 2008 is designed to provide information on how students meet the costs of their education beyond high school. As in previous NPSAS studies, information for NPSAS 2008 will be collected from institutions and students about the background of students, their educational costs, the amount of family support and financial aid they receive, their student loan debt and earnings from jobs. In addition to New York, the other states that have been selected to participate in NPSAS 2008 are California, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota and Texas. Additional information about the study, including reports based on data from previous NPSAS studies, is available at https://surveys.nces.ed.gov/npsasschool/content/about_npsas.aspx External Link Image Icon.

NCES selected a representative sample of over 150 New York State institutions for participation in NPSAS 2008. The sample includes institutions from all of our postsecondary education sectors. If your institution was selected to be in the sample, you should haMarch 10, 2014een asked to identify your institution’s NPSAS coordinator. The coordinator should have completed your institution’s registration for the study by November 2007 because data collection for the study begins in January 2008. If you have questions about the NPSAS 2008 study or procedures, please contact the NPSAS Project Coordinator, Brian Kuhr, at 1-888-677-2741 or NPSASschool@rti.org. You may also send questions to NCES by contacting James Griffith at (202) 502-7387 or James.Griffith@ed.gov.

All states participating in NPSAS 2008 will have access to statistical, summary information about a sample of their postsecondary students that is not available from any other source. Information from NPSAS 2008 will be used by the Board of Regents and the State Education Department, New York State’s higher education community and others concerned with providing students affordable education beyond high school. I encourage you to participate in NPSAS 2008 if your institution has been invited to do so.

Thank you for your continued support of efforts such as this one to help expand access to higher education and help to ensure that students across our State and nation are prepared to succeed in a global future.

cc: Richard P. Mills
Joseph P. Frey

Last Updated: March 10, 2014