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Pandemic makes filing early for financial aid advisable

October 13th, 2020

Families applying for need-based financial aid can begin completing FAFSA forms (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). As you’ll read in the New York Times article below, this year it could be more important than ever to file early, especially for families with changed economic circumstances due to the pandemic.

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The new FAFSA requires tax information from 2019 but due to the economic shift many families are experiencing, additional materials may be required to show a change in your financial situation.

Every college provides comprehensive information about the financial aid application process on its website. Please review these sites with care to determine which additional materials each college requires, such as CSS Profile or institutional addenda.

Article referenced below from The New York Times, published September 25, 2020, written by Ann Carrns

It’s especially important to apply early for financial aid this year, college experts say, because many families have suffered economically during the coronavirus pandemic and may have to take extra steps to qualify for maximum help.

That means families should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — the form known as FAFSA — as soon as they can. The form is a major gateway for financial help from the federal government, as well as from many states and colleges. The FAFSA for the 2021-22 academic year is available starting Thursday.

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2020: hot topics in college admissions

September 29th, 2020

Life has changed for Americans in many ways since the pandemic began and for high school seniors, the college admissions process is no exception. Colleges and universities are constantly tweaking their admission guidelines to adapt to this unique circumstance, which raises many new “FAQs” from parents and students.

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I hope some of your questions will be answered by reading the article posted below from The Conversation. You’ll learn how college admission requirements are continuing to transform and how this transformation affects applicants.

Article referenced below from The Conversation published on September 16, 2020, written by Whitney Soule

The coronavirus pandemic has intensified college application anxiety. I make this observation as an admissions dean who, as of late, has not just been answering emails and questions from parents. Instead, I’m also responding to media inquiries about how my school plans to manage our selection processes in this crisis.

All of these questions hint at an underlying concern that the disruption could be an automatic disadvantage. In reality, many colleges already take a student’s circumstances into account.

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Teaching and learning: more precious than ever before

September 15th, 2020

Colleges and boarding schools create connections unlike anything else. Living, working and playing together for four years often builds some of the strongest and longest friendships that most people experience in their lifetime. Unsurprisingly, the global pandemic has left many college and boarding school students wondering if their experience will be the same.

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The article referenced below from Inside HigherEd shares the positive side of the return to college campus for many students, and we’re hearing similar reports from boarding schools. The gratitude and appreciation students are feeling to be back, even with new campus guidelines regarding Covid-19, are remarkable. Now, here’s hoping everyone remains healthy and those warm feelings last!

Article referenced below from Inside HigherEd, written by Austin Sarat on September 3, 2020

Believing in Our Students

Across the country, students are returning to campuses now coping with the fallout of COVID-19. They are eager to recapture as much of the college experience as they can and to reconnect with each other and the faculty members who teach them.

They want to talk about what they are feeling as they start this unusual academic year. At the small liberal arts college where I teach, the first days have been filled with many such conversations.

During one of those talks, a sophomore I had in class last year wanted to touch base and chat about the pandemic’s challenges and the way they are playing out for both of our families. She told me about doubts she felt over the summer about returning to campus and her worry that coming to school with all its new restrictions would be “odd and uncomfortable.”

Read more at Inside HigherEd>>

Podcast sheds light on historic changes in college admissions

September 1st, 2020

Components of the college application process once considered sacred are now evolving to fit with the current climate. Colleges and universities are placing a larger focus on students’ character, revealing that sometimes it can be just as important as their academic achievement. And standardized test scores? So 2019!

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NPR recently released a podcast in which Tovia Smith interviewed several admissions officials to find out how the college admissions world is shifting due to the pandemic. We think you’ll find it compelling and informative, as we all continue to do our best to stay current and adapt.

Podcast released August 12, 2020 by Tovia Smith via NPR

As stressful as it always is for students applying to college, this year it’s all that — and then some — for the admissions officials trying to decide whether to admit them. Because of the pandemic, many students will be applying without standardized test scores and several other metrics admissions officers at selective schoolshave long relied on, leaving colleges scrambling to figure out what else they might consider instead.

“So many things that were sacred in the college admissions process may not be sacred anymore,” said Angel Pérez, CEO of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, and former head of admissions at Trinity College in Connecticut. “Colleges and universities are reinventing a process that hasn’t changed in over 50 years in the span of a couple of months […] and they don’t have another choice.”

Listen to the podcast at NPR>>