I am trying to understand how students who transfer from one four-year college to another are counted in earnings data--I understand they are counted by their original institution, but do they also show up in earnings data for the institution that they transfer to?

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I have forwarded your question on to those familiar with the data and this was their response:

Earnings for the student would be counted at both institutions if they were federally aided at both institutions. If a student was aided at the original school, then transfers and doesn’t receive Title IV aid at the new school, they would not be identified at the new school through the cohort construction process. The end of page 36 and top of page 37 in the data Documentation Report provide more information on this topic.

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