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Where Diversity Meets the Bottom Line

Enrollment & Financial Aid | The Gordon School’s individualized tuition model has helped drive a more inclusive and economically sustainable school community. Feature images courtesy of the Gordon School. Didn't have a chance to catch our summer webinar series on emerging...


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Projections: Our Increasingly Risky Business Model

Projections | Numerous factors are pushing independent school leaders to rethink our traditional business model, particularly tuition pricing and financial aid. Change is in the air. From the July/August 2019 Net Assets magazine Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO ...


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Most College Students Would Choose Lower Tuition over Prestige

(from Newsweek) A recent poll found that when it comes to ROI on college tuition, most students think a prestigious name isn’t worth the price. The choice between a prestigious school with a hefty price tag and a lesser-known name with a smaller financial burden is one many incoming college...


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Average College Discount Tops 50 Percent

(From Inside Higher Ed) As college enrollment declines nationally, colleges are discounting tuition to recruit and retain more first-year students. The 2018 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study, which reports final discounting data for the 2017-18 academic year, found that the average tuition...


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States Vary Approaches to 529 Plans

Enrollment & Financial Aid | How have 529 education savings plans changed at the state level since federal law allowed their use for K-12 private school tuition? A new brief explains. Feature image: Map shows how states have or haven't changed their state policy to conform to new...


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Predictions about Private School Choice Policy in 2019

(from the Education Writers Association) Most changes to private school choice policy in 2019 are expected at the state level. In places like Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, where new Republican governors replace retiring GOP leaders, efforts to expand private school choice appear likely....


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Half of States Allow 529 Savings for K-12 Tuition

(from Education Next) As of the end of 2018, just over half of U.S. states have statutory provisions allowing the use of 529 savings accounts for K-12 private school tuition, but ambiguity in state laws is curbing widespread awareness of the option. Families have long used the accounts, named...


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Continued Growth in Private College Net Tuition - and Discounting

(from Inside Higher Ed) Despite increased discounting, private colleges are expected to see median net tuition grow by 2.8 percent in the current academic year, nearly double the rate of increase for public institutions, according to Moody's Investors Service. Nearly a fifth (19 percent) of the...


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Is Philanthropy-Based Financing Our Future?

CEO Notebook | Could a mammoth fundraising push enable independent schools to lower tuition? Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Strained as independent schools’ financial aid budgets may be, they are relatively healthy compared to those at private colleges, where the...


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College Tuition Discounting Reaches All-Time High

(from NACUBO) Net tuition revenue at U.S. colleges and universities slowed again in the 2017-18 school year as institutions gave larger grants to a greater share of students than ever. The 2017 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study showed that the average institutional tuition discount rate — total...