As term 3 comes to an end, we’re excited to update you on the latest features, and what’s to come for our School Fee Calculator.
New! Fee Indexation
In order to deliver an even richer experience for your families, and allow them to plan more effectively for the cost of education, we have now enabled a new ‘future year indexation’ feature.
Schools can now choose to add an index on future year fees. An increment can be set at a custom amount – it could be based on current CPI, or a typical YoY increase in fees for your school. The increase can be applied to tuition fees only, or also to other groups of fees, and this will roll out across future years as a fixed percentage.
This highly requested feature is now available as part of a ‘soft release’, with more to come on this feature. For any schools who are keen to add this new feature to their fee calculator, we are offering early access as part of a ‘beta group’ with the goal of gaining feedback in order to make sure this feature is fully fit-for-purpose. The beta will allow you to test the feature on your fee calculator before releasing publicly, and involve providing simple feedback to Feesable as part of the testing. Please get in touch if you are keen to join the beta – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent Feature Releases
Parent Sentiment Survey
In order to deliver your school with rich data that can help to inform your strategy, we have released a new feature that places a link to a simple sentiment survey within the Feesable experience.
A new panel with the link appears on the app, and also in the fee estimate email sent to parents. The quick survey aims to gather information from parents on their feelings or sentiment towards the school fees they have just viewed, and the broader experience of the fee calculator. Learn more >
For those schools that have optional discounts available to families, we now have a new feature that will allow you to include these in your fee estimates. This discount can be applied to the whole family, or per student depending on how the discount works. Use cases might be for staff discounts, state government school card discounts, ministry discounts and more.
Payment Information Display
The recently released Payment Information feature allows schools to display key payment information directly within the Fee Calculator to further enables schools to deliver more useful and relevant information to families. This information, presented at the exact time families are thinking about fees and how to afford or pay for these fees, is vital to assist parents in their decision making process as they consider the education options for their children.
*Reminder – Installation Update
A few months back we also rolled out an update to the way the Feesable Fee Calculator is installed on your school website. The new method is more efficient and seamless with your school website, and overcomes some of the limitations of the traditional iframe embed.
This new installation method does not change the core functionality of the Fee Calculator – it simply changes the way it is added to your website. It also brings with it a number of benefits including native data in your Google Analytics reporting – read the support article for more information.
For current customers, we encourage you to update in order to take advantage of the benefits – learn more about how to update.
The Feesable Admin Portal has been coming for a while now (trust us, we know!) – so we genuinely appreciate your ongoing patience as we create a meaningful portal that surfaces your data, and moving forward will bring more detailed reporting, configuration options and other rich features. We will have further updates on this exciting release very soon.
We have many other new features under development and on the roadmap – here are a few highlights of what is to come…
- Email Digests – we are working on creating an email digest feature which will allow you to receive daily, weekly or monthly ‘digests’ of your fee enquiries.
- Pro-rata Features – the ability for parents to view fees from a certain point within a year to see the pro-rata fees.
- Detailed Reporting – the dashboard will allow for reporting of various data points from your fee calculator and parent surveys which will help you to make better decisions about your enrolment strategies.
- Key Integrations – connecting key systems in your edtech stack to Feesable will unlock some valuable solutions and process efficiencies.
- and more to come…
Thanks for reading! If you have any feature requests, or even ideas to discuss, we are always keen to listen – so please get in touch.