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Insights for a Challenging Economy: Volume 2 – Bulletin #4



The Net Price Calculator, mandated for institutions by the HEOA of 2008, has a specific definition of "net price." While the DOE created a free template calculator, most institutional calculations of need and financial aid awards are too sophisticated to be served by such a generic approach.



The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008
and the Net Price Calculator:

Turning the Act into Action

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 is significant for several key reasons. Potentially the most “game-changing” requirement, however, is the directive that colleges and universities offer a Net Price Calculator (NPC) on their websites by October 29, 2011.

This policy shift is dramatic because it could well catalyze a new wave of consumer transparency in higher education the likes of which has not been seen since U.S. News & World Report began ranking colleges and universities in the 1980s.

What will all of this mean for higher education generally, what could it mean for your institution, and what might you do in response? To date, there has simply not been enough helpful analysis on this subject for practitioners.

We're advising clients to embrace the transparency! Read the full article...


Additional Resources

  • The state of the enrollment market: Where are we now and what does it mean? Our last issue of Insights for a Challenging Economy (February 22nd) took a close look at the enrollment marketplace as admissions decisions were flowing out of institutions across the country. Even now, as institutions await enrollment responses, the observations are surely useful in these tense days of April. Click here to read the full article.


  • Communications is from Mars, Admissions is from Venus: In the April 2010 issue of CASE Currents, Senior Vice President for Strategy, Communication & Development Jessica McWade is interviewed and provides exceptional insights on leadership and the complex interactions of these two mission-critical offices that sometimes have difficult relationships. Click here to read the full article.


  • Student Loan Bill Scorecard: On March 24th, Inside Higher Ed published their analysis of the final student loan bill, signed into law on March 30th. From their perspective, they identify winners, losers, and those for whom the legislation is a mixed bag. Read the full article for a concise write-up of the new law and some possible ramifications.




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