FAFSA Application Volume

Below are two interactive displays of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application volume for post-secondary institutions. The top map shows the annual1 FAFSA volume geographically, while the bottom graph allows you to pick one or several institutions and see quarter by quarter comparisons over time. You can filter your queries in several ways:

1. Student Type – Select whether you wish to display all students, independent students, or dependent students.
2. Application Cycle – Filter your results to look at FAFSA volume for any individual application cycle from 2006-07 to 2011-12 (note: 2011-12 only has data for the first two quarters).
3. Institutional Control – You can choose to examine public, private, or proprietary institutions, as well as any combination thereof.
4. Location – You can limit the results to U.S. institutions or foreign institutions.
5. Map – You can select individual institutions by clicking on each circle, or you can click and drag to select institutions in a specific geographical area. You can also zoom by double-clicking on a spot and pan by clicking and holding (and waiting for the hand icon to display) and then moving your mouse in the desired direction, and you can use the tools in the upper left corner of the map to navigate in other ways.
6. Institution List(bottom dataset only) – Select one or several institutions to compare quarterly data over time. Click on the magnifying glass icon to search for institutions by name. Note that several institutions are selected for the default display, and you can eliminate those institutions by unchecking the box next to their names.

The map itself displays geographic information and roadways, but it also displays underlying median household income data (2009). Below the map is a dynamic graph of FAFSA application data that reflects the years, institutional control, and student type filters you have selected above. You can select any bar on the graph, and the map above will adjust to reflect your selection automatically. You can also select any item in the map legend to highlight that selection.

For either of the displays, once you have created your own filters, you can use the tools at the very bottom of each display to take screenshots, to print to PDF, to display the underlying data, to download comma-separated value files, and to share your results with others.

1. FAFSA Data – Office of Federal Student Aid, US Department of Education, http://federalstudentaid.ed.gov/datacenter/application.html
2. Institutional Data – Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, US Department of Education, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter (accessed October 25, 2011).

1. Applicants can submit FAFSAs over an 18-month period for each school year. For example, the FAFSA for the 2011-2012 award year is available from January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. As a result, the application reports include (up to) six quarters of data for each award year.