Public Records Requests

The Department of Higher Education (DHE) encourages you to use this form to make a public records request (PRR). This helps to ensure the most expeditious and accurate response to your request.


Written requests may also be delivered by hand, mail, email or fax (if available) or by telephone and orally in person to a Records Access Officer (RAO). Please note, however, that requests made orally or by telephone may not be the subject of an appeal.

The DHE has designated the following employee as the Primary RAO who will assist requesters in fulfilling their requests.

Ashley H. Wisneski, Primary RAO
Title: Assistant General Counsel
Business address: One Ashburton Place, Room 1401, Boston, MA 02108
Business telephone number: (617) 994-6966
Business fax: (617) 727-0955
Business email: DHE.RAO@state.ma.us

Only questions pertaining to the PRR process or a PRR status should be sent to the email account of the Primary RAO. All other questions for the Department of Higher Education should be submitted using the general email form. If you're looking for public college and university data, please check the Data Center before submitting your request.

To help avoid delay in responses, please consider whether your public record request would more appropriately be directed to a different education agency or a specific institution. Each secretariat, agency, and public institution has a designated RAO who will receive and respond to public records requests. 

Categories of Public Records

Below is a list of categories of public records maintained by the Department. These records may be subject to redaction if they contain information that may not be disclosed by law, is exempt under the public records law, or is subject to other legally applicable privileges.

Financial Aid

Other Public Record Information of Significant Interest