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Business Intelligence: Closing the Gap

Financial Management | To mitigate financial risk, focus on closing, rather than filling, the gap. Article by Elizabeth Dabney From the July/August 2021 Net Assets magazine The published tuition price at independent schools is often less than the cost to educate each student,...


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Projections: Tuition Discounting in Unprecedented Times

Enrollment & Financial Aid | As the pandemic drives more students to independent schools, business officers need to focus on big-picture strategies for tuition policies and other factors. From the July/August 2021 issue of Net Assets magazine Caption This past spring...


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NBOA Schools Netting 82 Cents on Sticker Price

CEO Notebook | The data in NBOA’s new Tuition Discounting Report for PK-12 Independent Schools may not be as troubling as related data in higher education, but it is trending in the same direction . Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO It’s my pleasure to...


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Business Intelligence: Annual Giving, Endowment Returns Held Steady in Fiscal 2019

Financial Management | While annual giving did not dip precipitously, most schools shouldn’t count on it to fill the gap between net tuition and expenditures. Article by Elizabeth Dabney From the May/June 2020 Net Assets magazine In the July/August 2019 issue of Net Assets, my...


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Business Intelligence: Landmarks in a Disrupted Landscape

Enrollment & Financial Aid | Schools are considering revenue and expense levers beyond tuition and financial aid to plan a viable future. Article by Jennifer Osland Hillen From the November/December 2019 Net Assets magazine One could argue that almost all students enrolled...


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Foundations of Flexible Tuition

Enrollment & Financial Aid | A school at the forefront of “flexible tuition” explains how it’s done and why it works for the school’s mission and market. Article by Christopher Portman Founded in 1895, Lick-Wilmerding High School (LWHS) was tuition-free for the first 77 years of...


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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...


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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...