Delta Cost Project at American Institutes For Research

DATE: September 4, 2017

AUTHOR: Aaron Fernandes


The Delta Cost Project is a database created primarily from elements of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System that allows for easier groupings of institutions and analysis of trends over time. While the population of institutions is always changing in IPEDS, for example, Delta project researchers ensure that the same institutions are included in trends, even if they merge, change sectors, or split up into different campuses.

Overview link:

Interactive tool (DELTA/AIR):

Data link:

Best for:

Consistent analysis of institutional trends over time, analyses of broad expenditure categories

Not as good for:

Analysis of most recent fiscal year(s)


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