Delta Cost Project Database

The Delta Cost Project Database is a longitudinal database derived from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) surveys on finance, enrollment, staffing, completions, and student aid for academic years 1986-87 through 2014-15. These data have been translated into analytical formats to allow for longitudinal analyses of trends in postsecondary education with a focus on revenues and expenditures.
Data Download
The database files can be downloaded using the links below and are most easily analyzed using statistical software packages (e.g., SAS, SPSS, Stata, etc.) because of their size. Each zipped file includes the updated 1987-1999 and 2000-2015 database files.  The documentation (available in a zip file or directly accessible via the links below) explains changes made to the database during the most recent update, and also includes a data dictionary, data mapping file, and program code to create value labels and variables adjusted for enrollment and inflation.

Documentation Files
Please refer to the following documentation files to learn more about the variables and improvements to the database: