We provide U.S. government-compliant net price calculators for many colleges. For our campus partners, the price data we present comes directly from those institutions and we display the same estimated cost and scholarship information as would the school's net price calculator (presuming identical inputs).
Cost estimates for other colleges are based on our proprietary models of financial aid.
In addition to the data we obtain from our users' financial aid reports, much of our data comes directly from the U.S. Department of Education's "Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System" known as IPEDS. This is the same data used by many college-related websites and national college ranking lists. IPEDS collects many types of data such as overall institutional characteristics, information about a school's financial aid grants, endowment, enrollment, degrees granted, faculty salaries, and demographic data. The U.S. Department of Education also provides a College Scorecard that assists in evaluating the loan default rate and average debt upon graduation for most colleges. For computing financial aid estimates, we also consider data from other sources such as U.S. census, tax/income, and housing valuation data by geographic location.
Data from IPEDS is often a couple of years old and the age of a given data point varies by the type of data, when it was collected and when it is released by IPEDS. Sometimes we do not provide the raw IPEDS data but estimate fields such as costs based upon our analysis of historical trends and projected inflation.
For U.S. Department of Education data, our current, primary Data Sources - IPEDS: hd(2019), gr200(2019), ef_d(2018), ef_c(2018), c_a(2018), ic(2019), ic_ay(2019), sfa(2018-2019), f_f2(2017-2018), College Scorecard: most-recent-cohorts-all-data-elements(2020).
For U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) data, our data sources:
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Employment Statistics,
the O*NET 24.1 Database by the USDOL Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”) (Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA),
and CareerOneStop from the USDOL/ETA and the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development.
This product includes GeoLite2 data created by MaxMind, available from https://www.maxmind.com