Institutional Characteristics (IC)

Survey Component Overview:
The IPEDS Institutional Characteristics (IC) survey collects basic institutional information including mission, system affiliations, student services, and athletic association. IC also collects student charges data including tuition for different levels and pricing data for first-time, full-time students either for programs or for an academic year. This includes tuition and fee data as well as information on the estimated student budgets for students based on living situations (on-campus or off-campus). The pricing numbers are also used in the SFA survey during the Winter collection to calculate net price of attendance.



Data Collection Period
September 6 – October 18, 2017 for IPEDS Keyholders.
September 6 – November 1, 2017 for IPEDS Coordinators.

Learn more about 2017-18 IPEDS Collection changes

Video Tutorials: 




This tutorial discusses how to report cost of attendance data in IPEDS.


This tutorial discusses the reporting of distance education data to IPEDS



This tutorial discusses how costs and net price are calculated for program reporting institutions in IPEDS.



This tutorial discusses first-time students and their impact on various IPEDS survey components.



This tutorial explains the difference between tuition and price of attendance.