Tuition Discounting Practices
Breaking the Cycle
Matt Scotty, President
National Education Servicing
Stephen Storck, Senior Assoc. VP Finance
Kent State University
October 16, 2012
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Vicious Cycle *
• A complex series of events, with no tendency
toward equilibrium, in which each iteration of the
cycle reinforces the previous one.
• The cycle continues in the direction of its
momentum until an external factor intervenes and
breaks the cycle.
* As defined by Wikipedia
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Vicious Cycle
A complex series of events, with no tendency toward equilibrium….
School
Increases
Discount to
Attract More
Students
School Sets
Firm Price
Enrollment
Projection
Falls Short
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Vicious Cycle
A complex series of events, with no tendency toward equilibrium….
School
Sets Firm
Price
Student
Appeals
Discount
Rate
Increases
School
Reviews
Appeal
School
offers
more aid
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What Does the Future Hold?
• What will happen if the current cycle (trend) of
rising tuition and discounts continues?
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Discounts – Historical &
Projected
…in which each iteration of the cycle reinforces the previous one.
$45,000
64.00%
$40,000
56.00%
$35,000
48.00%
$30,000
40.00%
$25,000
32.00%
$20,000
24.00%
$15,000
16.00%
$10,000
Stated Tuition
Net Tuition
Discount
20
24
-2
5
20
22
-2
3
20
20
-2
1
20
18
-1
9
20
16
-1
7
20
14
-1
5
20
12
-1
3
20
10
-1
1
20
08
-0
9
20
06
-0
7
20
04
-0
5
20
02
-0
3
0.00%
20
00
-0
1
$0
19
98
-9
9
8.00%
19
96
-9
7
$5,000
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Well-recognized Issue
…the cycle continues in the direction of its momentum
Many Industry Studies have highlighted the
challenge:
- The 2012 IHE Business Officer Survey indicates:
- Over 81% of CFOs at private schools identified increasing net tuition
revenue as an important strategy over the next 2-3 years
- More than half of CFOs at private master’s institutions (54.7%) and
baccalaureate colleges (56.2%) cited their discount rates as
“unsustainable”
- Some have tried to address the issue, but very few have done so
successfully.
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SOLUTION
… until an external factor intervenes and breaks the cycle.
One solution is a product we’ve designed
– Hybrid between a loan and tuition
payment plan
– Schools recapture revenue they had been
giving away as institutional aid.
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What is…
• An extended tuition payment plan
• Financed by your institution
• Managed in full by National Education
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How did this come about?
– Small CFO meeting a couple of years back
– Focus Groups
– Scores of direct conversations with private
schools across the country
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What are the advantages….
SAGE Tuition Advantage increases net tuition
revenue by providing financing options instead of
unfunded institutional aid.
– Increase student retention and graduation
– Manage discount rates
– Recaptured Revenue can be used at school’s
discretion
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Program Features
•
•
•
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Up to 25% forgiveness
Potential 0% APR
Interest Free until repayment
Manageable loan sizes
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Sage Tuition Advantage
Calculator
SageTuitionAdvantage.com
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Summary
• Tuition Discounting is stuck in a vicious cycle
• Small changes on the fringe will not break
the cycle
• Schools must use some external factor to
break the cycle
• One such external factor is SAGE Tuition
Advantage.
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Questions / Discussion
How will you break the cycle?
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Additional Resources
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Blumenstyk, Goldie. “One-Third of Colleges Are on Financially 'Unsustainable' Path, Bain Study Finds.”
Chronicle.com. 2012. July 23, 2012 < http://chronicle.com/article/One-Third-of-Colleges-Areon/133095/>.
Denneen, Jeff & Dretler, Tom. “The financially sustainable university.” Bain.com. 2012. July 6, 2012<
http://www.bain.com/publications/articles/financially-sustainable-university.aspx>.
Green, Kenneth C. “The 2012 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College & University Business Officers.”
Insidehighered.com. 2012. July 27, 2012 < http://www.insidehighered.com/news/survey>.
Hoover, Eric. “Two-Fifths of Parents Expect Children to Cover All or Most College Costs.” Chronicle.com.
2012. July 23, 2012< http://chronicle.com/blogs/headcount/two-fifths-of-parents-expect-children-tocover-all-or-most-college-costs/30907>.
Kiley, Kevin. “Short-Term Focus, Long-Term Problems: A Survey of Business Officers.”
Insidehighered.com. 2012. July 27, 2012<
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/survey/business_officer_2012>.
Kiley, Kevin. “Cost of Free Money.” Insidehighered.com. 2012. August 30, 2012 <
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/08/30/long-island-university-overspending-financial-aidreflects-affordability-concern>.
Kiley, Kevin. “Bigger Picture, Smaller Numbers.” Insidehighered.com. 2012. September 14, 2012
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/09/14/saint-benedict-sees-revenue-grow-while-shrinkingenrollment>.
Lederman, Doug. “Maintenance Over Management: A Survey of Business Officers.”
Insidehighered.com. 2011. July 6, 2011<
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/survey/business_officer_2011>.
NACUBO. “2011Tuition Discounting Study Report.” NACUBO.org. April 2012.
http://www.nacubo.org/Products/Online_Research_Products/2011_Tuition_Discounting_Study.html >.
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