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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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