Open government data powers software applications that help people make informed decisions on education decisions.

While we can’t and don’t endorse specific apps, below are just a few examples of government, citizen, and business tools that: use open government data from the United States; are accessible, vetted, and available; and are, for the majority, free and do not require registration to use. Submit Education application suggestions at Contact Education and see more examples of applications made with open government data at Data.gov/applications.

Mobile Applications


Web Applications

Search for Private Schools

The data for this search tool comes directly from the 30,000 plus private schools that responded to the 2003-2004 Private School Universe Survey (PSS) conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Open Government Data Used:

2015-2016 Private School Universe Survey


Search for Public Schools

Use the Search For Public Schools locator to retrieve information on all U.S. public schools.

Open Government Data Used:

Condition of Public School Facilities 2012-13

Annual Survey of School System Finances


Search for Public Libraries

Find a public library near you.

Open Government Data Used:

Public Library Survey 2012

Archives Library Information Center




Education Applications

College Affordability and Transparency Center

The College Affordability and Transparency Center was designed by the U.S. Department of Education to meet requirements in the Higher Education Opportunity Act and to provide better information to student and parent consumers about college costs. It serves as a central point to several tools that allow users to compare colleges tuition and fees, net price, and other characteristics.

Open Government Data Used: Department of Education – National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System


Search for Public School Districts

Use the Search For Public School Districts locator to retrieve information on all U.S. public school districts.

Open Government Data Used:

Condition of Public School Facilities 2012-2013

School District Finance Survey