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NACUBO's research team works with the association's policy, advocacy, and professional development staff to produce well-informed and data-driven solutions for NACUBO members. NACUBO members and higher education stakeholders rely on data collected by NACUBO for benchmarking and other analyses to better inform campus decisions.


Annual Surveys

2018 Tuition Discounting Study

NACUBO’s research team conducts three annual surveys on higher education finance:

Go to our Online Research Products page to purchase a copy of these reports.



Summaries and Analyses

In addition to full-length reports, NACUBO's research team also provides summaries and further analysis of our research through a wide variety of podcasts, webcasts, and Business Officer magazine articles.They are also regular contributors to other policy analysis and NACUBO professional development offerings.


Higher Education Finance Landscape Studies

In addition to our annual reports on endowments, tuition discounting, and student financial services, NACUBO also conducts several studies that inform the higher education finance landscape:

  • The Student Financial Services Policies and Procedures Report is triennial look at the methodologies student financial services staffs use to better serve their students and improve operations.
  • Conducted periodically since 2010, the NACUBO National Profile of Higher Education Chief Business Officers seeks to draw a picture of the "typical" higher education chief business officer (CBO). The report contains information on career paths, current areas of responsibility, salary levels, career advancement goals, and succession plans, as well as basic demographic and other characteristics of CBOs working at higher education institutions.


COVID-19 Research

NACUBO has also developed a new COVID-19 Research page to collect data on the many activities members are undertaking in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.


Ken Redd

Senior Director, Research and Policy Analysis


Related Content

2023 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments

This annual survey provides comprehensive analysis of investment returns, asset allocations, and governance policies and practices at higher education institution endowments and affiliated foundations, representing over $630 billion in endowment assets.

NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study

The annual NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study (TDS) measures the institutional tuition discount rates and other indicators of institutional grant awards to first-time, full-time first year undergraduates and all undergraduates who attend private, nonprofit (independent) colleges and universities.

COVID-19 Research

Summaries of surveys and polls on the impact of COVID-19 on NACUBO member institutions.