Tuition Discounting Study of Private Law Schools

28 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2017

Date Written: November 15, 2017


The practice of tuition discounting—providing institutional aid to select students to offset the price of attending a college or university—is widespread in higher education, and its use has increased over the past few decades. NACUBO annually collects tuition discount rates and other data related to discounting among undergraduates at private nonprofit institutions, but very little is known about discounting practices at law schools or other graduate/professional programs.

The 2016 NACUBO/AccessLex Tuition Discounting Study of Private Law Schools was commissioned by AccessLex Institute in part to provide more recent information on tuition discounting practices at law schools, and to measure the effects of discounting on law schools’ finances. The use of institutional grant aid to attract and retain law students has become even more important, as many programs have had to grapple with declines in their numbers of applicants and enrollments. This challenging context has prompted law schools to implement a variety of practices and policies to raise their enrollments, including increasing their financial aid expenditures.

Keywords: law school, higher education, legal education, tuition discounting, financial aid

Suggested Citation

University Business Officers (NACUBO), National Assoc. of College &, Tuition Discounting Study of Private Law Schools (November 15, 2017). AccessLex Institute Research Paper No. 17-10. Available at SSRN: or

National Assoc. of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO) (Contact Author)

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