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2021 Tuition Discounting Study

The annual NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study (TDS) measures institutional tuition discount rates and other indicators of institutionally funded scholarships awarded to undergraduates attending private, nonprofit (independent) colleges and universities. See the TDS Glossary for more information. The 2021 TDS survey instrument and help text are also available.

The 2021 TDS includes data from 359 private nonprofit colleges and universities, and provides information on tuition discount rates during academic year 2020-21 and estimates for 2021-22. See also:


How to Access the Study

If you were a participating institution, you can access your complimentary copy by sending an email to

**NOTE: The 2021 TDS final report is not yet available for purchase. If your institution did not participate and you wish to get a copy, please check our website again soon for purchase instructions. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 In the meantime, the 2020 TDS report is available for purchase.

Purchase 2020 Report


Benchmarking Tool Update

**NEW** We are pleased to announce that the NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study Online Benchmarking Tool is in service. This Benchmarking Tool, created in partnership with Hanover Research, will provide you with additional TDS data analyses that can help you set goals and relevant strategies. The tool allows you to compare your TDS results with self-selected groups of peer institutions. The tool provides TDS data from 2019-20 to 2021-22.  

Visit the NACUBO Benchmarking Tool Frequently Asked Questions page for further information about this new service.

To access the Tool, you must be a current NACUBO member that completed the 2021 Tuition Discounting Study. You will also need a unique User ID and password.

To find your school's User ID and password, please send an email to 


Sponsorship Information

For more information about supporting the TDS, please contact our business development team at or visit our Corporate Opportunities page.


Ken Redd

Senior Director, Research and Policy Analysis



Kat Masterson

Assistant Director, Research and Policy Analysis


Related Content

Results From the 2020 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study

On-Demand | Originally Broadcast June 30, 2021

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NACUBO Student Financial Services Benchmarking Report

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