That's right Rob. Another thing to keep in mind is that agencies are also building tools to let the public access their government held data... and help them with tasks, such as applying for financial aid. For instance:
The U.S. Department of the Treasury's is exploring opportunities to help consumers access their own
Government-held financial records online, such as tax returns. Students, for instance, need this information to apply for aid and scholarships, as well as to enroll in programs to help them repay their loans. As a part of this overall effort, the IRS is launching Get Transcript, which will give taxpayers the ability to view, print and download their tax transcripts
Last month, the U.S. Department of Education launched the Financial Aid Toolkit at financialaidtoolkit.ed.gov
as an online " one stop shop" for financial aid resources, aimed at guidance counselors, community-based organizations, and others who help students select and finance their higher education. The Financial Aid Toolkit
Consolidates into one searchable online database a full range of financial aid resources covering the entire financial aid lifecycle — from applying for financial aid to repaying student loans.
These tools are part of the open data ecosystem.