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The following are links to various datasets and websites to find area specific information and resources. Click on the title to be directed to the platforms.


Data.gov. This website provides information on some of the U.S. Department of Education's new discretionary grant programs. It also provides links to various Department of Education data tools and includes a catalogue of raw data sets.

Civil Rights Data Collection. Here you will find a data tool for exploring the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), which collects data on key education and civil rights issues in our nation's public schools for use by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR), other Department of Education offices, and other policymakers and researchers. This data collection provides information about students in public elementary and secondary schools on a variety of indicators, including enrollment, access to educational programs or services, and academic proficiency results, "disaggregated" or broken out, by factors including race, ethnicity, sex, and disability.

Common Core of Data. The Common Core of Data (CCD) is an annual collection of fiscal and non-fiscal data about all public elementary and secondary schools, public school districts and state education agencies in the United States collected by the National Center for Education Statistics. The data include information that describes schools and school districts including name, address, and phone number; descriptive information about students and staff, including demographics; and fiscal data, including revenues and current expenditures. From this website, users can also link to the Build a Table tool, which allows users to explore CCD data. This site also provides links to the complete documentation of the data set.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The primary source for data on colleges, universities, and technical and vocational postsecondary institutions in the United States. 

United States Education Dashboard. The Dashboard presents indicators in 4 areas that are critical to improving educational results and achieving the President's 2020 college attainment goal.

State by State Budget Tables. The below link will give you access to the Department's Congressional Budget Justifications, and state by state budget tables.


StudentAid.ed.gov. New streamlined Federal Student Aid website is making it easier for students and families to navigate the financial aid process and make informed decisions about paying for college and is the initial step in a multi-phase project to offer a "one-stop shop" where consumers can access federal student aid information, apply for federal aid, repay student loans, and navigate the college decision-making process. Also includes the FSA data center where individuals can obtain information on Title IV loans and grants, broken down by state and Institution of Higher Education default rates.

College Affordability and Transparency Center.This new tool helps provide the public with information about the relative costs of postsecondary education by identifying the highest and lowest cost institutions in the country in terms of tuition and fees, net price, and change in price.

Financial Awareness Counseling Tool. New web tool to provide information to help consumers understand financial aid and assist in managing finances.

College Completion Toolkit. Here you will find ED's tool kit for low-cost or no-cost strategies that states can use to boost college completion.

CFPB&ED Joint Report on Private Student Loans. Check out the new joint report by the Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding consumer protection issues with private student loans and recommendations to improve the student loan marketplace.

New College Cost Shopping Sheet. The Department partnered with the CFPB to develop the Shopping Sheet to promote transparency in student aid financial disclosures. The Shopping Sheet makes student costs clear up front—before students have enrolled—by outlining total estimated annual costs; how much grant money students will receive, and how much they may have to take out in the form of student loans; the institution's graduation and default rates; and an estimate of monthly loan payments after graduation. While the Shopping Sheet is not mandatory, its format should be considered a best practice in helping students to compare costs across different institutions.

Blueprint to Transform Career and Technical Education. This is the Administration's proposal to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.

NCLB Flexibility. Here you will find a number of resources on the Department's NCLB Flexibility package for states.

National Conversations about Teaching: The RESPECT Project. This page is designed for educators who are interested in participating in a National Conversation about the Teaching Profession and giving the Department their feedback to inform future policy and programs, including a possible competition to transform teaching, which we are calling the RESPECT project.


Find ED Programs. Here you will find information about each ED program: its purpose, who is eligible to apply, and more. You can search by office, title, subject, CFDA #, type of eligibility, and assistance type.

FY 2012 Discretionary Grant Application Packages.This link will show you which application packages are available for grant competitions that are currently open.

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