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All institutions participating in the Title IV student aid programs are required under the Higher Education Amendments of 1992 to complete surveys conducted by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) in a timely manner. The Department of Education has released the schedule for Web collections in 2003-04, and institutions should pay close attention to the opening and closing dates. Except in rare circumstances, the National Center for Education Statistics does not permit an extension of time for institutions to submit reports.


All institutions are required to register for the 2003-04 data collection cycle. Beginning on July 23, IDs and passwords will be distributed to all institutions. July 30 marks the official opening date for registration, and August 27 ends the registration period.

Fall Collection—Institutional Characteristics and Completions

September 10 Collection Opens
October 22 Collection Closes for Institutions
November 5 Collection Closes for Coordinators

Winter Collection—Employees by Assigned Position, Salaries, Fall Staff and Enrollment

(Institutions will be able to lock the enrollment component in the winter or the spring.)

December 3 Collection Opens
January 28 Collection Closes for Institutions
February 11 Collection Closes for Coordinators

Spring Collection—Student Financial Aid, Finance, Graduation Rates, and Enrollment

(for institutions that did not lock in the winter collection)

March 10 Collection Opens
April 21 Collection Closes for Institutions
May 5 Collection Closes for Coordinators

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