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Data Collection Begins October 12 for 2015 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study

October 5, 2015

Data collection for the 2015 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Survey (TDS) will begin Monday, October 12 and remain open through Friday, November 27. The annual NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study collects data on tuition discount rates and other measures of institutional grant awards from private, nonprofit four-year colleges and universities.

The 2015 TDS will collect final data for academic year 2014-15 and preliminary data for 2015-16. 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 at on the NACUBO TDS webpage, where users can preview the survey questions and review definitions of terms in a survey help text.

All private nonprofit college 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 at a private, nonprofit college or university and have not received an invitation, you can still designate a survey respondent for your school. Please send that person's complete contact information (full name, title, institution name, institution email address, and phone number) to by Friday, October 9. 

Benchmarking Tool Benefit 

All institutions that participate in the 2015 TDS will receive a complimentary copy of the final report when it is published in late May 2016. Respondents will also have complimentary access to the NACUBO Tuition Discounting Online Benchmarking Tool, which allows survey respondents to compare their data against national averages as well as a self-selected peer group. The Benchmarking Tool was developed by NACUBO and the Exeter group using IBM/Cognos Business Intelligence software. A free online video demonstration of the tool is available on the NACUBO website.


If you have any further questions about the Benchmarking Tool or the 2015 TDS study, please contact Ken Redd, NACUBO's director of research and policy analysis.  


Ken Redd
Director, Research and Policy Analysis