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The Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS) currently surveys cohorts of first-time, beginning students at three points in time: at the end of their first year, and then three and six years after first starting in postsecondary education. It collects data on a variety of topics, including student demographic characteristics, school and work experiences, persistence, transfer, and degree attainment.

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  • 2012/2017 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study Restricted-Use Data File now available.
    The newly released BPS:12/17 restricted-use data are now available for restricted-use license holders. BPS: 12/17 followed a cohort of 2011-12 first-time beginning students in their first, third, and sixth year since entering college. These record-level data are based on student interviews and other administrative data sources and allow users to examine topics related to enrollment, persistence, and degree attainment over six academic years, from 2011-12 to 2016-17. Transcripts were also collected from all the institutions ever attended by BPS cohort members over a six year period. Transcript data will be available to researchers in 2020.
  • 2012/2017 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study Restricted-Use Data File now available.
    The DLDT program provides online training modules for several NCES complex survey datasets. These interactive modules allow users to learn about NCES data across the education spectrum and evaluate it for suitability for particular research purposes For more information, go to: http://nces.ed.gov/training/datauser.
  • NCES Releases New Distance Learning Dataset Training (DLDT) Modules
    The DLDT program provides online training modules for several NCES complex survey datasets. These interactive modules allow users to learn about NCES data across the education spectrum and evaluate it for suitability for particular research purposes For more information, go to: http://nces.ed.gov/training/datauser.
  • New Data Tool – The College and Career Tables Library
    This tool allows users to browse through 5,000+ tables from NCES’ postsecondary publications that cover a comprehensive range of topics.
  • Federal Education Tax Benefits: Who receives them and to what extent do They Shape the Price of college attendance?
    This Statistics in Brief applies IRS rules and data to a nationally representative sample of 2007–08 undergraduates to estimate who received education tax benefits and looks at the extent to which these benefits shaped their price of college attendance.
  • Learning at a Distance: Undergraduate Enrollment in Distance Education Courses and Degree
    This Statistics in Brief investigates undergraduates’ participation in distance education using nationally representative student-reported data collected through the three most recent administrations of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:2000, NPSAS:04, and NPSAS:08).