Brief IPEDS Finance User Guide
Erica Blom, Kelia Washington, Macy Rainer, Carina Chien, Robert Kelchen
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The most widely used data source on college and university finances is the US Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), which gathers a broad array of data annually from higher education institutions. The Urban Institute has made available a harmonized version of the IPEDS finance files through its Education Data Portal. This user guide provides an overview of the IPEDS finance data, a description of issues to be aware of when conducting analyses using these data, and an online Excel appendix with a detailed mapping of each variable to variables in the original IPEDS data, along with the year range each is available.

Research Areas Education
Tags Higher education School funding
Policy Centers Center on Education Data and Policy