Posted Date: March 21, 2017

Author:  Jeff Baker, Director, Policy Liaison and Implementation, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Guidance on the Use of Financial Aid Information for Program Evaluation and Research (Updated April 6, 2018)

Note: On April 6, 2018 we updated the urls in this announcement for the Privacy and Technical Assistance Center to and the link to the document to

The Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has published guidance on the use of student financial aid information for program evaluation and research. That guidance is available at

The Department established PTAC as a “one-stop” resource for education stakeholders to learn about data privacy, confidentiality, and security practices related to student-level longitudinal data systems and other uses of student data. Additional information regarding these matters may be found at PTAC’s website.

If you have questions about the PTAC guidance or other privacy or security matters related to student financial aid information, please contact the PTAC Help Desk by email at or by phone at 855-249-3072.


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