About the National Student Clearinghouse

Founded in 1993 by the higher education community, the National Student Clearinghouse® relieves the administrative burdens and costs related to student data reporting and exchange. We are a nonprofit and nongovernmental organization and the leading provider of educational reporting, data exchange, verification, and research services. Our work — performed in a trusted, secure, and private environment — provides numerous time- and cost-saving benefits to students, schools, administrators, and requestors.

In addition, education leaders rely on the Clearinghouse’s unique national student data resources to better understand student pathways and outcomes in order to help students succeed.

The National Student Clearinghouse supports the background screening industry by fulfilling education verifications through our DegreeVerify service which provides immediate online verifications of college degrees and attendance. It provides prompt access to the largest number of degree and attendance records nationwide and eliminates the complications and delays associated with manual processing through individual schools.

All Clearinghouse services are designed to facilitate compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, The Higher Education Act, and other applicable laws.



Degrees verified annually



Data transactions managed annually



Coverage of US 4-year institutions



Businesses helped annually

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The mission of the National Student Clearinghouse is to serve the education and workforce communities and all learners with access to trusted data, related services, and insights.



To be a premier resource in serving and supporting the opportunities created by lifelong learning.