Who We Are


Publication: 2013-01-17



Name:Owen Ambur


Name:National Student Clearinghouse


The National Student Clearinghouse is the nation's trusted source for education verification and student educational outcomes research.


  • CollegesMore than 3,300 colleges and universities, enrolling over 96% of all students in public and private U.S. institutions, participate in the Clearinghouse. Participating institutions provide access to actual enrollment and degree information on each of their students to us. As a result, only the Clearinghouse can offer FERPA-compliant access to a nationwide coverage of enrollment and degree records — encompassing more than 110 million students and growing.

  • UniversitiesThe Clearinghouse has been a trusted partner to the higher education community since 1993 and now provides verification and reporting services to most of the postsecondary institutions in the U.S. The Clearinghouse also provides online enrollment reporting for U.S. students to hundreds of international postsecondary institutions.

  • Commercial OrganizationsNearly 3,000 of the nation's largest employers, recruiters and background search firms have contracted with the Clearinghouse to perform secure, online academic verifications. In addition, thousands of other companies and individuals verify degrees each year via our public DegreeVerify Web site, making it the largest online degree verification service in the U.S. In addition, many of the country's leading student service providers (e.g., insurance companies, credit grantors, travel companies, etc.) regularly use our online enrollment verification service, EnrollmentVerify, to instantly obtain proof of a student's enrollment status.

  • Education Finance IndustryParticipating in the Clearinghouse helps the education finance industry eliminate paperwork, reduce default rates and servicing expenses, and enhance customer service for borrowers. All guarantors and most major student loan lenders and servicers (including servicers for Perkins, private/alternative, and institutional loans), as well as the Department of Education, participate in the Clearinghouse.

  • Government AgenciesThe Clearinghouse regularly works with state and local agencies throughout the country to accurately assess the efforts of schools to help students succeed in higher education, including outreach programs.

  • High SchoolsThousands of high schools rely on the Clearinghouse for continuing collegiate enrollment and degree information on their alumni. We also work with high school districts and state education offices.

  • RearchersInstitutional & Education Researchers -- Through our National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, we regularly collaborate with institutional researchers at colleges and universities throughout the U.S., as well as states, school districts, individual high schools, educational organizations, and the U.S. Department of Education as part of a national effort to better inform education leaders and policymakers.

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  • Education Researchers

  • StudentsStudents & Alumni -- Our education verification and transcript ordering services are used each year by millions of students and alumni from our participating colleges and universities. Visit

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  • AssociationsThe Clearinghouse proudly works with many prominent education and technology associations and organizations throughout the country. * American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) * American Association of School Administrators (AASA) * American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) * Association for Institutional Research (AIR) * Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A·P·L·U) * Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations (COHEAO) * College Board * Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) * Data Quality Campaign (DCQ) * Ellucian Partner Program * HR-XML Consortium * League for Innovation in the Community College * National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) * National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) * National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs (NCHELP) * Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC) * Standards Forum for Education

  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)A nonprofit international professional association of more than 9,000 higher education admissions and registration professionals who represent approximately 2,300 institutions in more than 35 countries.

  • American Association of School Administrators (AASA)AASA is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world.

  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)AASCU is the leadership association of 430 public colleges and universities that enroll more than 3 million students annually throughout the U.S. and its territories.

  • Association for Institutional Research (AIR)A professional association of more than 3,100 institutional researchers, planners, and decision-makers from higher education institutions around the world.

  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A·P·L·U)A·P·L·U is an association of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and many state public university systems.

  • Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations (COHEAO)A partnership of more than 300 educational and commercial members that promotes access to postsecondary education.

  • College BoardThe College Board is a not-for-profit membership association composed of more than 5,400 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®).

  • Consumer Bankers Association (CBA)CBA provides leadership, education, research and federal representation on retail banking issues, such as privacy, fair lending, and consumer protection legislation/regulation.

  • Data Quality Campaign (DCQ)DCQ is a national, collaborative effort to encourage and support state policymakers to improve the collection, availability and use of high-quality education data and to implement state longitudinal data systems to improve student achievement. The Clearinghouse is an endorsing partner of the Data Quality Campaign (DCQ).

  • Ellucian Partner ProgramEllucian has a formal network of companies with extensive higher education domain expertise. This partner network is comprised of product and service providers that furnish proven software applications, hardware, and services that complement and extend Ellucian's software and service offerings. This network of relationships is central to Ellucian's commitment to delivering solutions that enable higher education institutions to augment the capabilities of their digital campus.

  • HR-XML ConsortiumAn independent, non-profit consortium dedicated to enabling e-commerce and inter-company exchange of human resources data worldwide.

  • League for Innovation in the Community CollegeAn international organization committed to improving community colleges through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation.

  • National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS)A non-profit trade association that promotes ethical business practices, promotes compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and fosters awareness of issues related to consumer protection and privacy rights within the background screening industry.

  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)A nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 10,000 financial aid professionals at nearly 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country.

  • National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs (NCHELP)A nationwide network of guaranty agencies, secondary markets, lenders, loan servicers, collectors, schools and other organizations involved in the administration of the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).

  • Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC)A non-profit association that promotes the use of electronic standards by the higher education community.

  • Standards Forum for EducationAn industry group focused on XML and other data exchange standards in the education space.