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Data Collection Begins October 11 for 2016 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study

October 3, 2016

Data collection for the 2016 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study (TDS) will begin on Tuesday, October 11 and will remain open through November 30. The annual research initiative collects data on tuition discount rates and other measures of institutional grant awards from four-year private nonprofit colleges and universities.

The 2016 TDS will collect final data for academic year 2015-16 and preliminary data for 2016-17. The survey will also collect information on the awarding of need- and non-need-based institutional grants, and the funding of institutional grants through endowment income.

A copy of the survey instrument can be found on the TDS webpage, with a preview of the survey questions. However, please wait to respond to the survey until the online data collection site opens on October 11. A survey help text with definitions of terms  is also available. 

All private nonprofit colleges and universities that are NACUBO members are eligible to participate. An invitation to participate was sent to all eligible schools in September. However, if you are employed by a NACUBO-member private nonprofit college and have not received an invitation but would like to designate a survey respondent for your school, please send that person’s complete contact information (full name, title, institution name, institution e-mail address, and phone number) to by Friday, October 7.

Benchmarking Tool Benefit

All institutions that take part  in the 2016 TDS will receive a complimentary copy of the final report when it is published in May 2017. Respondents will also have complimentary access to the NACUBO Tuition Discounting Online Benchmarking Tool, which allows survey participants to compare their data against national averages and a self-selected peer group. The Benchmarking Tool is supported by IBM/Cognos and Jillella Group. A free online video demonstration of the tool is available on the NACUBO website.


If you have any further questions about the 2016 TDS or the Benchmarking Tool, please contact


Ken Redd
Director, Research and Policy Analysis