Institutions are required to submit data to the National Center for Education Statistics. The multiple IPEDS surveys provide the Department of Education a wide variety of open-access data on higher education. Among the information gathered from IPEDS reporting, the Secretary will publish annual college affordability and transparency lists related to college costs including information on tuition and fees for full-time undergraduate students, cost of attendance, and the number of undergraduate students receiving each type of financial aid. In addition, institutions must report the following: average annual cost of tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies, and transportation; the net price of the institution, and the average annual cost of tuition and fees. IPEDS surveys focus on: student financial aid, graduation rates and completions, admissions, enrollment (fall semester and 12 month), finance, human resources, academic libraries, institutional characteristics.

An institution identified by the Secretary in the 5% of those with the largest 3-year increases, measured as a percentage change, in tuition and fees or in net price is required to report a description of the major areas in the institution’s budget with the greatest cost increases, an explanation of those cost increases, and a description of the steps the institution will take to reduce them. For more information click here: https://surveys.nces.ed.gov/ipeds/