The bubble charts provide a visual of where low-income students are attending college. The charts give three aspects to consider:
How many low-income students does the institution serve
What is the financial burden for these students
How many of its students graduate within six years
The size of the bubble represents the percentage of first-time, full-time students who receive Pell Grants at the institution.
The horizotal axis is the overall six-year graduation rate.
The vertical axis is the institution’s annual net price for first-time, full-time students who receive Title IV financial assistance and come from families earning between $0 and $30,000 per year. (Net Price equals the total cost of attendance minus the average grant aid received.)
The chart had four quadrants, created by the median of each axis. Institutions in the bottom-right portion of the chart have high graduation rates and low net price. Institutions in the top-left quadrant have low graduation rates and high net price. Institutions in the upper right quadrant have high graduation rates but a higher net price, while those in the lower left offer a low net price, but lower graduation rates.
Chart Idea: The Education Trust
Data Source: NCES IPEDS 2012-13 data (Institutional Characteristics, Graduation Rates Survey, Financial Aid Survey)
Indiana State University