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About the Clearinghouse

Founded in 1993 by the higher education community, the National Student Clearinghouse® relieves the administrative burdens and costs related to student data reporting and exchange. We are a nonprofit and nongovernmental organization and the leading provider of educational reporting, data exchange, verification, and research services. Our work — performed in a trusted, secure, and private environment — provides numerous time- and cost-saving benefits to students, schools, administrators, and requestors.

In addition, education leaders rely on the Clearinghouse’s unique national student data resources to better understand student pathways and outcomes in order to help students succeed.

Our research arm, the National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works with higher education institutions, states, districts, high schools, and educational organizations to better inform practitioners and policymakers about student educational pathways and enable informed decision making.

All Clearinghouse services are designed to facilitate compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, The Higher Education Act, and other applicable laws.

Participating colleges and universities


Percentage of students in public and private institutions enrolled by our participants

Participating high schools


Percentage of secondary students enrolled in our participating high schools

Annual savings realized by education community from Clearinghouse services

Clearinghouse services comprise four service areas:

Data Exchange Services

Data Exchange Services

The Clearinghouse offers unmatched experience in electronic student record exchanges and is the nation’s largest provider of postsecondary transcript services.

Financial Aid Services

Financial Aid Services

Our free services, reports, and analytics help institutions meet the growing compliance and assessment requirements associated with state and federal financial aid programs.

Research Services

Research Services

We offer services and reports that draw on the Clearinghouse’s unmatched information resources about student-level educational outcomes nationwide. Solutions are available for institutions, high schools, outreach programs, and educational organizations. All our free research reports are available through the Research Center.

Verification Services

Verification Services

The Nation’s Trusted Source for Student Degree and Enrollment Verification®
Our powerful online services let institutions outsource all academic verifications to the Clearinghouse at no cost, as well as easily manage and track verification requests for students and alumni. The Clearinghouse is also the nation’s trusted source for educational verifications by businesses and other organizations.

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The mission of the National Student Clearinghouse is to serve the education and workforce communities and all learners with access to trusted data, related services, and insights.



To be a premier resource in serving and supporting the opportunities created by lifelong learning.