Financial Aid

An Idea Just Crazy Enough to Work?


I REMEMBER, IN A COLLEGE LITERATURE class, reading Jonathan Swift’s brilliant satirical essay “A Modest Proposal.” In it, Swift’s character suggests that the Irish could go far in alleviating a host of social ills—including overpopulation, abortion, food shortages, and unemployment—by raising their children to be eaten by the wea

Four Strategies for a Difficult Economy

How to manage this challenge without compromising your long-term strategy

Today’s economic conditions are monopolizing discussions among leadership teams and boards of trustees at many colleges and universities. It is a nerve-wracking time, to say the least. Financial stresses now loom very large in pending decisions about enrollment, tuition increases, net revenue, financial aid policies, and discount rates.

Here are four immediate strategies to consider how to manage these challenges in ways that do not compromise an institution’s long-term strategy and sustainability:

Colleges and Universities: The Next Target of Audits, Investigations and Legislative Reform?

Regulators are taking a hard look at tax-exempt higher ed institutions.

Over the last two years, tax-exempt colleges and universities have become targets of increased scrutiny by the Secretary of Education, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") and the Senate Finance Committee. With the looming budget crisis and an ever-increasing deficit, regulators are taking a hard look at whether these institutions are providing the public benefits commensurate with the tax breaks they receive as a result of their tax-exempt status.

Enrollment Capacity

A major driver to an institution?s ?best? aid strategy

WHEN ANALYZING FINANCIAL AID strategies for our clients, one of the questions we always ask is “Are you at capacity?” For many institutions, this is a difficult question to answer, and often we hear different answers from different corners of the campus.

From Data to Information

Business intelligence and its role in higher education today

A decade ago, data at Florida State University was dumped into so many disparate silos that any kind of timely strategic comparison was impossible.

The Economy and Student Financial Aid

Troubling trends—and the silver lining

THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN is sweeping the nation, affecting nearly everything and everyone. Financial aid is no different. The shaky economy has sparked several trends threatening to place unprecedented strains on financial aid programs and budgets.

Breaking the Deadlock: Unifying Our Federal Student Loan Programs

The recent credit crunch that destabilized the mortgage market and leaked to student loans, along with a heightened public awareness of the impacts of student debt, has brought to light the very real need for student loan reform. As we watched the events of the past few months unfold, the higher education community has been forced to face the fact that the dislocation in the credit markets could pose a real threat to the delivery of student aid.

Market Meltdowns and Endowment Allocation

Strategies for new market realities

THE WORLD’S FINANCIAL markets spent the latter part of 2008 in an unprecedented state of volatility. Pictures of frazzled and depressed traders became one of the worst clichés in the news because they seemed to run every day.

Learning to Thrive: The University as Developer

Reasons to consider real estate development now—and how to get started

A USA TODAY HEADLINE states, “Tuition Hikes Will Ease.” The article opens, “The price tag for college tuition is continuing to climb this year, but experts are predicting less sticker shock than in the past two years.”

HEOA and the Life of an Aid Officer

What the impact of this new legislation will be for financial aid offices

ON AUGUST 14, 2008, LIFE as financial aid officers knew it changed drastically. That day, President Bush signed the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) into law, setting into motion many changes that will directly affect operations in the financial aid office as well as operations in other offices on campus.