Mary Piccioli

Distance from Home & Catholic Colleges - Monday Musings
I have written previous blogs about the distance from home that students travel to attend college. I find the statistics on the topic quite intriguing, in part because it seems that some institutions ignore the information in recruitment planning. I spent more than two decades working at a Catholic university in financial aid and enrollment. Here at S&K we work with many small, Catholic colleges, so that combination of previous and current work experience prompted me to dig a little deeper into distance from home stats for students attending Catholic colleges. The CIRP Freshman Survey (TFS) that Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) has been conducting for 50 years collects information about how far students venture from home to attend…Read more

Are Your Financial Aid Policies Past Their “Best By” Date? - Monday Musings
Most financial aid awarding policies evolve over time, and if done well, are informed by data analysis and predictive modeling on an annual basis. Other aid policies, such as criteria for scholarship renewal, number of semesters of eligibility for institutional aid, readmit aid policies, often go unchanged for years or even decades. As consultants, we have been on campuses where we will ask about the thinking behind a particular policy, only to be told some version of “it’s been that way forever.” It is important for institutions to consider how their aid policies for returning students affect other enrollment goals such as retention and graduation rates. Aid policies that were appropriate years ago, when an institution may have enrolled…Read more

Cost of Attendance & Scholarship Athletes - Monday Musings
Some words and phrases I never thought I would read in the sports section of the newspaper include: cost of attendance, professional judgment, transportation and miscellaneous expenses. Nor did I ever expect to see quotes from the NASFAA president. But there it was, in the January 15th issue of USA Today. As the five college athletic super conferences were preparing to vote on “sharing the wealth” with full scholarship athletes, the newspaper article referenced discussion about the method for determining the direct payments that student-athletes can receive. Other Division I, non-football conferences will also now be allowed to make such payments, if the conference so chooses. Based on transportation and miscellaneous expenses, the payment…Read more