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Much of the data appear on College Navigator (http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/), the U.S. Department of Education's college search site that receives over one million visits per month;
 
  
The recently updated College Scorecard (https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/) utilizes several IPEDS data measures along with other federal agency data to help students and parents make smart college-choice decisions based on costs, value, and quality
 
  
The retention, transfer, graduation rate, and price data are displayed in the FAFSA online (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/) when students are applying for financial aid
 
  
The average net price and tuition and fees data are used for the lists presented in the College Affordability and Transparency Center (http://collegecost.ed.gov/catc/Default.aspx)
 
  
The data are publicly available for download from the IPEDS website (http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/Home/UseTheData/) and are used by institutions for benchmarking as well as by policymakers and reporters.