HAMBURG, NY — Hilbert College is proud to announce its involvement in the College Cost Transparency Initiative (CCT), a coalition of more than 360* institutions of higher education that have voluntarily committed to follow a set of principles and standards that ensure transparency, clarity, and understanding around student financial aid offers. Together, these institutions serve more than 3.5 million college students in the United States.
“Choosing to attend college is one of the most significant financial decisions a student or family can make. Knowing how much it will cost up front is crucial, and Hilbert is committed to providing students clear and accurate financial information,” said Dr. Michael Brophy, Hilbert president. "We are proud to be a partner in this work as Hilbert continues to expand student to our campus and online programs."
The monumental commitment comes as lawmakers, think tanks, and government entities continue to scrutinize the financial aid offers that colleges and universities present to students. The principles and standards recommended by the CCT — a task force composed of the leaders of 10 higher education associations representing college presidents, financial aid offices, and admissions and school counselors — respond to the needs of students and families in a nuanced and careful manner.
“Students and families need upfront, accurate, and clear information when making decisions about college,” said Peter McPherson, chair of the CCT task force and president emeritus of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). “Some standard terminology and clear requirements on what is to be included in financial aid offers is important. Colleges and universities are committing to give students and families the information they need.”
Moving forward, the College Cost Transparency Initiative will be managed by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). This work is generously sponsored by a grant from Strada Education Foundation.
“We are committed to making sure that students and families get the information they need to make informed decisions about paying for college,” said Justin Draeger, president and CEO of NASFAA. “If this project has shown us anything, it’s that this work is complex, but can be done when institutional leaders and practitioners come together to make college cost transparency a priority. We look forward to continuing to recruit more higher education institutions to the initiative.”
The principles and standards provide that financial aid offers to undergraduate students:
The CCT today also released a set of financial aid offer examples that meet the initiative’s principles and standards for institutions to use in developing or updating their aid offers, and a glossary of common financial aid terms and definitions.
About Hilbert College
Hilbert College is a Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) accredited not-for-profit institution offering two-year, four-year, and graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines. Hilbert is home to 770 students studying in traditional undergraduate programs within a residential, NCAA III setting in Hamburg, New York and 200 additional students in online and graduate programs.
About the College Cost Transparency Initiative
In fall of 2022, the leaders of 10 higher education associations representing college presidents, financial aid offices, and admissions and school counselors announced the formation of a task force — the College Cost Transparency Initiative (CCT) — to tackle the issue of college cost transparency by improving the clarity, accuracy, and understanding of student financial aid offers by producing a set of guiding principles and minimal standards to be used when developing aid offers. The task force developed the principles and standards with broad consultation and recommendations from the higher education community.
The organizations represented on the College Cost Transparency Initiative task force are as follows: the American Council on Education (ACE), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), the National Association of System Heads (NASH), and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO).
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