When students upload their letters to DecidED, we only pull financial information (costs and awards) and never read personally identifiable information such as names or contact information. Specifically we read and display:
- Grants - including federal, state or, institutional (school) grants
- College costs - if available in the letter
We do pull in loan and work study information, if it is specified in the letter, but we do not currently display that information for students.
DecidED only displays money that is completely free to the student and guaranteed to reduce the cost of attending college. We want to give students a clear picture of what costs remain so they can make informed decisions about how much they will take in loans or work to cover the rest of their college expenses. When we remove loan and work study options from the letters, it becomes clearer which colleges require more financial and time commitments from the student.
We also leave out any health insurance grants, as those fees are not included in the estimated tuition and fees on DecidED.