Research

Sallie Mae is committed to promoting financial literacy, smart borrowing, and healthy credit. As part of this commitment, we ask the public about their experiences with saving, planning and paying for college and report on them. In an effort to foster data-driven decision making among students, families, and schools, Sallie Mae and our affiliates conduct a number of studies.

Research reports from Sallie Mae

  • Along with a research partner, Sallie Mae has developed an annual mathematically representative picture of how the typical American family pays for college based on in-depth statistical analysis of more than 1,600 parents and students. In addition, How America Pays for College provides critical insight into the attitudes, choices, and values of American families when they plan and pay for college.
  • Sallie Mae also examined How America Saves for College. This study helps to determine whether American families are saving for college and, if so, how. It also measures attitudes and perceptions of parents about intent to enroll, share of payment responsibility, and confidence in ability to save for the cost of college.

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