College Scorecard Data

Change Log

This page includes a description and timeline for the changes that have been made to either the College Scorecard tool or to the underlying data. Check back for updates to learn more about the updates and improvements we have made.

On August 26, 2019, the Department updated five data elements that appear on the consumer website and/or the downloadable data files/API with more recent data values:

  • Currently Operating Status Flag
  • Heightened Cash Monitoring Flag
  • Accrediting Agency Name
  • Accrediting Agency Code
  • Title IV Approval Date

In addition to updating existing metrics, key changes include:

  • Some institutions that do not participate in Title IV student aid programs were added to the API and downloadable data file for 2017-18. These institutions are identifiable using the Title IV eligibility status flag included in the API and data file.
  • For the small subset of institutions with non-title IV branches, the overall admissions rate and the number of branches metrics in the 2017-18 data changed due to the addition of non-Title IV institutions to the API/data file.
  • Although historical data for Title IV deferment-only institutions and non-Title IV institutions are not yet available via the Scorecard API/data files, those data were taken into consideration in calculating pooled metrics included on the 2017-18 data file. As a result, a small number of institution’s pooled metric values changed compared to the May 21, 2019 data release.
  • Minor corrections to prior released values were needed in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 data files:
    • Tuition, fees, books, and supplies metrics for the largest program at perfect child institutions were corrected in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 data files.
    • Outcome measure aggregation metrics (*_ALL, *_FIRSTTIME, *_NOTFIRSTTIME, *_FULLTIME, *_PARTTIME) were corrected in the 2016-17 data file.
    • None of these corrections had an impact on the Scorecard website profiles.
  • The website was updated to include profiles for currently operating non-Title IV institutions.

On October 30, 2018, the Department updated the College Scorecard website with the third installment of its annual refresh that includes newer, updated data for metrics derived from the NSLDS. In addition to the updated NSLDS metrics, key changes include:

  • Pooled, suppressed versions of metrics derived from the IPEDS Outcome Measures component (percentages of students who completed an award at the institution, who were still enrolled at the institution, who transferred to another institution, and whose status was unknown) were added to the API and downloadable data files.
  • Pooled, suppressed versions of the retention and transfer rates were updated to reflect 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15, and 2013-14 data.

For more information about the College Scorecard data, click here to see our data documentation. You can also learn more about the data through our full Documentation Report and the Data Dictionary.

For those who want to understand more about ways to use the data, the 2015 Technical Paper offers an in-depth exploration of the data and methodologies considered and used for this project.