Data Sources


U.S. Department of Education

Federal Student Aid Data Center:  The federal government's centralized source for information relating to the federal financial assistance programs. The information available in the Data Center is divided into four categories; student aid data, school data, Federal Family Education Loan reports, and business information resources.

Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates for Schools:  View the 3-year cohort default rate  on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY),

Federal Pell Grant Program Annual Data Reports
The Federal Pell Grant End-of-Year Report documents program issues and provides factual information about applicants and distribution.

Federal Campus-Based Programs Annual Data Books
The Federal Campus-Based Programs Data Book provides fiscal information and recipient data for federal campus-based programs. 

International Data Library,  The website presents data from a range of sources and compare different facets of education in the United States with those of other countries. 

National Center for Education Statistics

Data Lab:  The U.S. Department of Education reports the results of a number of data collection efforts through the Data Lab, including the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002), and PostSecondary Education.

Data Tools:  The website provides access to several U.S. Department of Education products, including College Navigator which provides a link to nearly 7,000 colleges and universities in the United States.


U.S. Census Bureau

Educational Attainment Data:  The bureau's main page for various educational attainment surveys, including:
- American Community Survey (ACS)
- Current Population Survey (CPS)
- Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)
- The Decennial Census

Income Data:  The Census Bureau reports income from several major household surveys and programs. Each of these surveys differs from the others in some way, such as the length and detail of its questionnaire, the number of households included (sample size), and the methodology used to collect and process the data. 

Data Tools and Apps:  Link to Census Bureau information using interactive applications to get statistics from multiple surveys.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Link to Bureau of Labor Statistics information from databases, tables and calculators on subjects as diverse as:  Inflation & Prices, Employment, Unemployment, Employment Projections, Pay & Benefits, and more.


National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP) Annual Surveys:  This website provides access to data from an annual survey regarding state-funded expenditures for student financial aid and illustrates the extent of efforts made by the states to assist postsecondary students. 

National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) Information Center:  The NCHEMS website provides state policymakers and analysts timely and accurate data and information useful in making sound higher education policy decisions. At the website you'll find comparative data for states and counties, and useful contextual information.

Required Federal Disclosures

Reporting and disclosure requirements as required under law by the U.S. Department of Education can be found in the Federal Student Aid Handbook

Information Required to Be Disclosed Under the Higher Education Act of 1965: A Supplemental Report  (November 2011)

Campus Safety and Security Reporting Handbook  (June 2016)

Campus Safety and Security Reporting Handbook  (February 2011)

Information Required to Be Disclosed Under the Higher Education Act of 1965: Suggestions for Dissemination  (November 2009)

July 2017