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Under the terms of new FAFSA, money from grandparents will no longer be included in the aid formula used to determine wh...
02/22/2024

Under the terms of new FAFSA, money from grandparents will no longer be included in the aid formula used to determine what students can afford to pay pay for college.

Even amid the botched rollout of the new financial aid form, a rule change will let some grandparents help pay for college without compromising aid eligibility.

NACAC is keeping a master list of enrollment deadlines, which should help students who haven't yet received financial ai...
02/22/2024

NACAC is keeping a master list of enrollment deadlines, which should help students who haven't yet received financial aid commitments--and others having a hard time deciding!

Due to FAFSA delays this year, some colleges and universities have changed their enrollment deadlines and financial aid priority dates for students planning to enroll in the fall of 2024. NACAC created this public directory of fall 2024 enrollment commitment deadlines submitted by member institution...

"While it will require standardized tests, Yale said its policy would be “test flexible,” permitting students to submit ...
02/22/2024

"While it will require standardized tests, Yale said its policy would be “test flexible,” permitting students to submit scores from subject-based Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests in lieu of SAT or ACT scores."

Officials said test-optional policies might have harmed students from lower-income families.

"Cornell Undergraduate Admissions announced on Feb. 6 that it would extend its test-optional and test-blind policies for...
02/21/2024

"Cornell Undergraduate Admissions announced on Feb. 6 that it would extend its test-optional and test-blind policies for the Fall 2025 application cycle...Cornell’s admissions testing policy states that SAT and ACT scores will be considered on an optional basis for the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Human Ecology, the Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; the College of Architecture, Art and Planning and the Cornell S.C. Johnson College of Business — which includes the School of Hotel Administration and Dyson School of Applied Economics — will remain test-blind and not consider test scores for any applicants."

All Cornell colleges and schools will remain without an SAT/ACT requirement, as Cornell Admissions announced the extension of their test-optional and test-blind policies for the Fall 2025 application cycle.

"Pennsylvania’s 10 state universities will extend their new-student commitment deadlines by at least two weeks amid dela...
02/21/2024

"Pennsylvania’s 10 state universities will extend their new-student commitment deadlines by at least two weeks amid delays associated with the revamped Free Application for Federal Student Aid."

Pennsylvania’s 10 state universities will extend their new-student commitment deadlines by at least two weeks amid delays associated with the revamped...

"The University System of Maryland is responding with a decision to extend the undergraduate students' decision deadline...
02/21/2024

"The University System of Maryland is responding with a decision to extend the undergraduate students' decision deadline.

The deadline has been pushed back from May 1 to May 15.

This could also impact other critical dates, including housing deposit deadlines.

University System of Maryland officials say this deadline could be pushed back even further for some USM universities if there are additional FAFSA delays."

Because of the recent challenges with FAFSA, the University System of Maryland is extending its decision day deadline.

"For the past five months, the University’s Ad Hoc Committee on Admissions Policies has been considering changes to seve...
02/21/2024

"For the past five months, the University’s Ad Hoc Committee on Admissions Policies has been considering changes to several of Brown’s admission policies, including test-optional, legacy and early decision practices. "

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“'The SAT or the ACT is the single best predictor of a student’s academic performance at Yale,' Quinlan said on the Admi...
02/20/2024

“'The SAT or the ACT is the single best predictor of a student’s academic performance at Yale,' Quinlan said on the Admissions Beat podcast in October, challenging a widely held belief that high-school grade point average is often a better indicator of future academic outcomes. The SAT’s math section in particular helps predict which students will persist as science majors, he said."

Yale University is considering reinstating standardized testing and join Ivy League peer Dartmouth College in a policy shift that reflects a broad reevaluation within higher education admissions.

“Essays are very much part of our understanding of the applicant, we’re just no longer assuming that the essay is an acc...
02/20/2024

“Essays are very much part of our understanding of the applicant, we’re just no longer assuming that the essay is an accurate reflection of the student’s actual writing ability....”

The change went into place this year, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag wrote in an email to The Chronicle. He explained that essays are no longer receiving a score because of a rise in the use of generative artificial intelligence and college admissions consultants. 

"Last year, ACT told you that we would be bringing digital testing to the national market Opens a new window – something...
02/18/2024

"Last year, ACT told you that we would be bringing digital testing to the national market Opens a new window – something we’ve successfully been doing in state, district, and international testing for years – and we did! In December we delivered the first pilot test administration, and we’re on track to make the online version of the test available to all students this fall."

ACT is a mission-driven nonprofit organization. Our insights unlock potential and create solutions for K-12 education, college, and career readiness.

With the first new digital SAT less than a month away, here are some practical tips for reducing stress associated with ...
02/18/2024

With the first new digital SAT less than a month away, here are some practical tips for reducing stress associated with standardized test-taking!

Stress isn't necessarily a new feeling for high school students, but taking a standardized test like the ACT or SAT can bring its own set of challenges. These college entrance exams are somewhat…

The Common Application (and some other search engines) makes it very easy to search for colleges still accepting applica...
02/17/2024

The Common Application (and some other search engines) makes it very easy to search for colleges still accepting applications! Simply go to the College Search tab, click on More Filters, enter Term, and indicate "Deadline On or After." And yes, there are over 785 Common App members (as of today) still accepting applications!

Later college application deadlines give students one last chance to find the best place for them to continue their higher education.

The University of Pennsylvania boasts of many "firsts" in the field of computer science including on-campus construction...
02/17/2024

The University of Pennsylvania boasts of many "firsts" in the field of computer science including on-campus construction of ENIAC, the first general purpose digital computer. And starting this fall, Penn students can now major in Artificial Intelligence (AI)--another first in the field.

P.S. According to this article, Penn engineering usually enrolls between 400 and 450 students per year and this number is expected to grow with the new major. It's no surprise that acceptance into engineering is lower than the general admission rate of about 6%.

The new AI program at the University of Pennsylvania starts this fall and will offer courses in AI algorithms, programming, and advanced robotics.

"No one is going to jail here. But the theoretical possibility underscores the unintended consequences of attempts to ma...
02/16/2024

"No one is going to jail here. But the theoretical possibility underscores the unintended consequences of attempts to make things simpler. In this case, safeguards are necessary to protect private financial information. But any new login requirements might also trigger an impulse for many families with complicated lives to bypass them."

Experts are already encouraging students and parents to exchange usernames and passwords to expedite aid applications. One problem: It’s not legal.

This year, award letters are likely to look a lot different because of significant changes in rules governing FAFSA — an...
02/16/2024

This year, award letters are likely to look a lot different because of significant changes in rules governing FAFSA — and those changes open the door for families to ask for more college aid, experts say.

Problems with the new FAFSA have frustrated many students and families. But that also makes this the year to ask for more money.

These are some suggestions for managing the financial aid "dead zone" or where you fall when you make too much income to...
02/16/2024

These are some suggestions for managing the financial aid "dead zone" or where you fall when you make too much income to qualify for need-based financial aid but not enough to pay full sticker price out of pocket and/or the full cost of tuition room and board at today’s prices.

Parents in the financial aid dead zone make too much to qualify for financial aid, but not enough to afford college.

The University of Virginia announced Tuesday that the deadline for admitted first-year undergraduate students to submit ...
02/15/2024

The University of Virginia announced Tuesday that the deadline for admitted first-year undergraduate students to submit an affirmative reply has been extended by two weeks to May 15 for the fall 2024 enrollment cycle."

The extension comes in response to nationwide delays in colleges receiving financial aid information from the FAFSA.

"In preparation for an upcoming meeting of my school’s parent/teacher/student organization, I recently asked three of my...
02/15/2024

"In preparation for an upcoming meeting of my school’s parent/teacher/student organization, I recently asked three of my most talented teachers to help me answer an important question: What do high schoolers wish their parents knew? After roughly 130 students weighed in, I was surprised to learn that the number one issue students wanted their parents to know was that they were highly stressed."

In my 27 years as an educator, here are four strategies I’ve found to help students cope with stress.

This should not be much of a surprise to anyone, but it should be a warning to students registering for the PSAT, SAT, o...
02/14/2024

This should not be much of a surprise to anyone, but it should be a warning to students registering for the PSAT, SAT, or AP for the first time: be careful about how much information you provide to the College Board. They not only sell personal information but they also use it for their own marketing purposes.

The College Board agreed to pay $750,000 to settle claims by New York attorney general that it violated high school students' privacy by selling personal information it collected when they took the SAT and other exams, the state said on Tuesday.

Over 200 colleges will be in attendance including GW, Clemson, UMD, Pitt, JMU, Michigan State, US Naval Academy, Purdue,...
02/13/2024

Over 200 colleges will be in attendance including GW, Clemson, UMD, Pitt, JMU, Michigan State, US Naval Academy, Purdue, Rutgers, University of Richmond, UVA, University of Tennessee, Virginia Tech, William and Mary and many many others!

The Northern Virginia Regional College fair welcomes more than 1,500 high school students from the Northern Virginia area and helps them make connections with institutions across the United States. Registered students will have the opportunity to visit with over 200 colleges and universities. To vie...

"The AP Language and Composition Exam is the single most popular AP exam, and is an excellent choice for students in AP ...
02/13/2024

"The AP Language and Composition Exam is the single most popular AP exam, and is an excellent choice for students in AP Language classes, as well as for some students who aren’t currently enrolled in AP English. Many of the skills tested on the exam are skills students practice in high school English classes: synthesizing information from multiple sources, analyzing an author’s rhetoric, and writing argumentative essays."

Ace the AP English Language exam with expert insights on the FRQ rubric. Our tips will help you pick up all six available points for every essay.

"Aid offices are confronting the reality that even after the department sends FAFSA data, there may be other hiccups in ...
02/13/2024

"Aid offices are confronting the reality that even after the department sends FAFSA data, there may be other hiccups in store. Schools have to make sure the new data is compatible with their software. Colleges will need weeks to load the data and test their systems."

A string of delays with the latest Free Application for Federal Student Aid is causing great consternation, disappointment and anxiety.

"Due to continued delays in the availability of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applicant data announce...
02/13/2024

"Due to continued delays in the availability of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applicant data announced by the U.S. Department of Education and concerns expressed by our students and families, Virginia Tech will extend its deposit deadline for first-year students this spring from May 1 to May 15."

Due to a delay in the launch of the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid process, colleges and universities are unable to receive student data until mid-March, impacting their abilities to provide complete information on financial aid packages in a timely manner.

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