How to Find an OPE Code

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The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) issues identification code numbers to colleges that are eligible to participate in federal financial aid programs. Finding a college or university OPE code is a straightforward process.

  • Visit the Federal School Code List website at the Department of Education. This site offers a search function that can look up a college or university by name and return information about the school, including its six-digit OPE code.

  • Check with the university or college. The school's financial aid office will generally know the institutional OPE identification code and can provide it upon request.

  • Contact the Department of Education. If other sources don't provide the OPE code, then get it directly from the Department of Education.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to use the correct format. A formal OPE code consists of six-digits identifying the college or university. Some codes have an additional two-digit extension to identify specific branches or campuses within a university.



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