You may encounter unfamiliar industry- or data-specific terminology throughout our reports. The glossary terms and definitions below are provided to add clarity and context to your experience. Filter alphabetically below to find the term you are looking for.

In-State Tuition

The tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Date System

The education data collection program used by the U. S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). It is a single, comprehensive data collection system developed to encompass all institutions and organizations whose primary purpose is to provide postsecondary education.


International denotes a person who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and who is in this country on a temporary basis and does not have the right to remain indefinitely. May also be referred to as non-resident alien.