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2019 Tuition Discounting Study

The annual NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study (TDS) measures institutional tuition discount rates and other indicators of institutionally funded scholarships awarded to  undergraduates attending private, nonprofit (independent) colleges and universities.

Data collection for the 2019 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study (TDS) began in October 2019. Previews of the 2019 TDS survey instrument and Help Text/Frequently Asked Questions are now available. If you are a staff member at a private non-profit college or university that is a NACUBO member, and you want to find the TDS representative at your institution, please contact the NACUBO research team.


2018 Tuition Discounting Study


2018 Tuition Discounting Study

The 2018 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study, supported by EAB, was released on May 9, 2019. The TDS measures institutional tuition discount rates and other indicators of institutional grant awards to first-time, full-time freshmen and all undergraduates who attend private, nonprofit (independent) colleges and universities.The report includes data from 405 private nonprofit colleges and universities that were members of NACUBO as of September 2018. A press release with highlights of the survey data, a NACUBO-in-Brief podcast, and new Infographics that illustrate the impact of tuition discounting on student recipients and institutional finances are now available.

The report is available at no cost to all staff at participating institutions, and for purchase to other NACUBO members and nonmembers. Purchase price is $200 for NACUBO members and $750 for nonmembers.

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How to Access the Study

Survey participants may access the 2018 Tuition Discounting Study for no charge through NACUBO's Online Research Portal with the steps below:

  1. Click Member Login
  2. Use your institutional e-mail address and NACUBO membership password to log in
  3. On the next page, select NACUBO Research Studies link from the menu
  4. Click Access Online Research link
  5. Select 2018 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study from the list

Benchmarking Tool Update

**PLEASE NOTE** The NACUBO Online Benchmarking Tool is no longer in service. We hope to have a new service started by spring 2020. Please contact the NACUBO Research team if you need benchmarking services. We apologize for any inconvenience.


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Ken Redd

Senior Director, Research and Policy Analysis



Steffon Gray

Assistant Director, Research and Policy Analysis



Kat Masterson

Assistant Director, Research and Policy Analysis


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