Summaries, infographics, and discussions from NAIS's Deep Dive into the economics of independent schools.
This article describes an experience that experience underscores the importance of every school board’s role in pinpointing or reaffirming the purpose of its financial aid investment.
NAIS Financially Sustainable Schools Advisory: Whether times are good or bad, no school likes to see students walk out the door before their time.
it is important to know the income thresholds of those who can, and cannot, afford your tuition. This is your “affordability range”: the income level at which families have sufficient resources to pay your tuition at full price.
Join us for a free, half-day NAIS TrendTalk event on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Dallas, Texas.
Never before has the role of independent school admission been more critical to school success. This article outlines the data that heads and boards should review and the questions they should ask to ensure institutional stability and success.
In this excerpt from the 2013-14 NAIS Trendbook, NAIS's Mark J. Mitchell reviews financial aid trends in independent schools.
Whether you're setting tuition or recognizing the new normal or reading up on financial sustainability for your school.
In this presentation given by NAIS President Patrick F. Bassett at the 2012 SSS Leadership Forum, you'll learn strategies.
NAIS president Patrick F. Bassett reflects on how heads, admin teams, and boards can support one another and provide stellar leadership in difficult times. What does the current environmental scan tell us?
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.
The president of NAIS illustrates with current NAIS data the trends for schools that will impact on financial sustainability.
The president of NAIS, in his February 2010 address to the membership at Annual Conference, illustrates the "signs of the Apocalypse" that school leaders must face down.
This monograph outlines general board-adopted financial aid policies.
An overview of issues relating to admissions, marketing, demographics, affordability, and the considerations the changing landscape presents for independent schools.
This page contains links to podcasts, advisories, and other resources to help schools become more financially sustainable.
NAIS Enrollment Management Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Independent Schools
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
Use this case study with your financial aid committee, staff, board members, and others at school to discuss how the school sets, communicates, and applies financial aid policies that address complex family situations.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
How does your school balance offering aid to increase access with keeping tuition affordable? Explore these questions with your leadership team and board of trustees to affirm your school's policies and practices.