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OD: Looking Under the Hood: Using Web-based Tools for Evaluating Institutional Financial Aid Policy

Recorded on Thursday, April 9, 2015 1:00PM ET


Expenditures for institutionally funded grant aid jumped 92 percent over the past decade, according to The College Board’s 2014 Trends in Student Aid report. This rapid growth has led to the need for chief business officers to have new metrics to better understand how the rising levels of investment in institutional grants may affect their institutions’ financial health and the quality of students’ educational experiences. CBOs also need to explore how their levels of grant expenditures and other dimensions of financial aid compare with peer institutions.

With funding from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, NACUBO and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) launched the Looking Under the Hood Institutional Aid Metrics Project in 2012. As a result of the project, NACUBO and AGB have developed a Web-based tool with a set of institutional grant aid metrics and other measures of student financial aid. The new tool enables campus leaders to examine their current institutional aid allocations and to compare their data with self-selected sets of peer institutions. With the tool, CBOs can better understand the key components of their financial aid strategies. This webcast, free to NACUBO members, will provide an overview of current national trends in financial aid and an overview of the web-based Looking Under the Hood tool.


After participating in this program you will be able to:

  • Discuss recent trends in federal, state, and institutional student financial assistance with your campus leadership     
  • Learn how to use the “Looking Under the Hood” web-based tool to compare trends in institutional grant expenditures at your institution with self-selected peer groups      
  • Evaluate recent trends in cumulative student loan debt at your institution, compared with peer campuses
  • Appraise the questions and challenges posed by rising institutional aid expenditures  


  • Sandy Baum, senior fellow at the Urban Institute and research professor at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development
  • Gerald L. Hector, vice president, finance & administration, Ithaca College
  • Don Hossler, director of the Center for Postsecondary Research & professor of educational leadership and policy studies, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Kenneth Redd, director of research and policy analysis, NACUBO


  • Chief business officers
  • Chief investment officers
  • Accountants
  • Controllers
  • Budget directors
  • Vice presidents of finance
  • Directors of financial aid
  • Directors of institutional research

Course Information

  • Length: 100 minutes


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Non-Member Site Registration: $219.00


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