Arthur M. Blank School
The Blank School engages Babson community members and leads research to create entrepreneurial leaders.
Financial Services develops systems, policies and procedures for the efficient and effective management of the College’s financial resources and ensures compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). We are committed to providing a safe and ethical workplace for all members of the Babson community. To learn more, read our Whistleblower Policy. The Procurement Department, while a separate office, is integral to the financial process and is therefore included in this overview.
For fiscal year 2021, Babson College experienced another successful year of financial strength due to robust operating performance and investment returns. Despite the on-going challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Babson closed the year with a $2.9M operating surplus. Underlying the financial results was the fundamental strength of the Babson community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The continued resiliency and creativity of the campus community allowed the College to continue to move forward and carry out daily operations as well as continuing to progress on key initiatives outlined in Babson’s strategic plan. In addition, the College ended the fiscal year with total assets surpassing $1 billion for the first time in College’s history.
Total net tuition, fees, and room and board, contributions (expendable gifts and pledge payments), and auxiliary revenues declined by $5.6M due to the decentralization of student housing, and restrictions on travel. In FY21 the college’s endowment spend draw was returned to 4.5% from the 5% endowment spend draw in FY20. The College also received $4.2 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding (“HEERF”), with approximately $1.8M distributed directly to students in the form of emergency grants.
Total Operating expenses reduced by $6.2M, the result of numerous strategic financial decision engineered to strengthen the economic foundation of the College in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These decisions included introducing a series of cost cutting measures to overcome the $7.3M in COVID operating expenses incurred during the fiscal year.
A few key performance highlights for the fiscal year included:
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