Use this case study to discuss, craft, and/or revise your school's policies on handling difficult situations when unmarried parents file for financial aid.
Click here for information on organizations that help families locate professional advice about selecting an independent school.
This collection of case studies features governance issues based on actual events at NAIS schools. This case study explores a crisis when administrators are faced with a tough admission decision.
This presentation by the president of NAIS addresses a series of questions for current and/or prospective parents.
This web page is a clearinghouse of non-profit organizations that offer global education resources and services. The purpose of the site is to provide resources to schools to develop their own global education programs.
Read about the SSS Training Series, taking place in Chicago this summer. Events include Institute for New Financial Aid Professionals and the SSS Leadership Forum.
The following Principles of Good Practice are intended to provide common ground for interaction between independent school admission officers and their many constituents (parents, students, colleagues, even the general public).
This section includes sample questions from AIM, Part I, Self-Assessement.
Join us for a free, half-day NAIS TrendTalk event on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Dallas, Texas.
This brief article highlights issues schools must consider if they plan to offer and manage merit aid programs.
This monograph overviews the importance of developing and managing an effective committee to review various aspects of the financial aid program at independent schools.
This monograph suggests why schools should create a dedicated, full-time position to manage financial aid programs.
This transcript of a talk delivered at an Association of Independent Schools in Greater Washington (AISGW) admissions directors' meeting argues for offering financial aid to meet costs beyond tuition.
What are the types of questions school administrators and leaders need to ask themselves about the financial aid program to begin to assess its effectiveness and value?
This monograph offers readers some compelling principles and practices to consider when appealing to donors for gifts related to funding financial aid programs.
This concise checklist serves as a handy guide for new financial aid administrators in setting up the financial aid office.
This monograph outlines general board-adopted financial aid policies.
This monograph offers strategies for awarding a fair aid package when there is evidence that a grandparent is helping to pay tuition.
Examines 3 different approaches schools use to determine family contributions when the family has multiple children enrolled in programs charging different tuitions.
Key steps, concepts, and assumptions used in the SSS methodology used in determining how much a family may be able to pay for private school costs.
This monograph provides important insight in how using a financial aid service like NAIS's School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) can provide critical support for any school managing its financial aid program.
In 2007, NAIS members crossed the $1 billion mark in need-based financial aid. That sounds like a lot of money and a significant investment in access and affordability...is it, really?
More and more, schools are considering financial need in determining a student's admission status. What are some of the issues and trends to consider?
Financial aid administrators should pause to put context behind what it means to be needy and how to make truly fair and equitable financial aid policies and decisions.
Reflect on the tips, tools, and resources you need to consider using when taking on the sometimes complex task of reviewing family tax information.
The messages we send about school affordability have to be true and sustainable, not just rhetoric to generate interest. How do you know if you really are ready, willing, and able to help?
Get some tips on being the best leader of the aid program you can be for the short-run and for long-term success.
This commentary reflects on four critical lessons gleaned from the author's visit to the Gettysburg battlefield about vision and leadership and their application to financial aid management.
Uses Cincinnatti Country Day School as an example of how unfair and misleading the label "exclusive" can be when it comes to schools' efforts to be inclusive.
This essay considers ways to make the goals of the aid program drive the financial aid budget -- not the other way around.
This piece outlines some key questions you should ask yourself and provides tips for creating good affordability information in print or online.
This presentation gives an overview of the recent landscape and forces that are causing a shift from using financial aid for access for lower income families to financial aid for price affordability for higher income families
In this presentation given by NAIS President Patrick F. Bassett at the 2012 SSS Leadership Forum, you'll learn strategies.
Some schools are considering bringing international students into their communities for longer periods of time. This publication provides a brief overview of the relevant steps and considerations of international student sponsorship.
PowerPoint presentation to NJAIS admission officers concerning parent segmentation and tuition/branding research May 2012.
This study examines what parents value in an education and what motivates them to select independent schools.
This publication is designed to help independent schools navigate the issue of race in admissions, financial aid, and scholarship decisions within the context of federal law.
Many independent schools face a very similar set of rejection conversations every year, and are finding these conversations more and more challenging.
NAIS filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court on March 27, 2007. The brief addresses the First Amendment issues raised by the drafting and enforcement of a recruitment rule by a state actor.
This brief relates to the different facts that courts should consider when reviewing an independent school's consideration of race or ethnicity within the admissions process.
The admissions process is full of questions. This article will help get your school thinking about its forms and interview process.
Are you reviewing your enrollment contract? Wondering whether you should put in a parent behavior clause? Curious about the state of law surrouding these clauses? What are other schools doing? Read this document for some answers.
Are you thinking about updating your enrollment contract? Wondering what other schools have in theirs? What about the enforceability of your provisions? This publication will help you answer these and other questions.
The president of NAIS identifies industry trend lines on admissions, financial aid, family incomes, and affordability, and considers the challenges the changing landscape presents for independent schools.
In this article, published originally in NBOA’s _Net Assets_, author Donna Davis recounts Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School’s process to achieve financial sustainability and equilibrium while “taming” high annual tuition increases.
School choice is a hotly debated subject for policymakers. This document can help independent schools shape the discussion with policymakers and determine whether proposed programs are the right fit for their schools.
This monograph presents a governance case study focusing on the issue of net tuition revenue and enrollment management.
One-stop shop for Admission Directors at NAIS Member Schools
This page provides access to the HTML and PDF versions of this financially sustainable schools publication.
Below please find best practices effective in raising new funds for scholarship endowment. You will be more successful if you shape the following practices into a comprehensive plan.