IPEDS is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. It is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). IPEDS gathers information from every college, university, and technical & vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs. The data is made available to students and parents through the College Navigator web site and to researchers and others through the IPEDS Data Center. nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/. nces.ed.gov/ipeds/use-the-data