Seniors, we understand you’re facing a big decision. The world of college admissions is undergoing lots of changes which will impact how you evaluate your options. There could be many changes in your world including financial, family or personal, causing you to revisit your options at this time
Although a vast number of schools had extended their decision deadlines in 2020 in response to the uncertainly due to the pandemic, most schools have returned to the May 1 College Decision Day. Check with the schools you are considering to confirm the latest information.
Although many college campuses are still closed due to the coronavirus crisis, you have many resources available to help you make your decision. Take virtual campus tours that are available on college websites. Schedule calls with your guidance counselor and admissions reps to answer your questions. Also, reach out to current students to hear what they have to say.
Have a conversation with your parents to re-evaluate what your family is comfortable spending for your college education. If your current financial aid package is insufficient or you had not originally applied for financial aid, but now are in need of some financial assistance, speak with the financial aid rep at each of the schools you are considering to discuss your situation. On April 25, 2020, in his Your Money column in the The New York Times, Ron Lieber talks about new developments in the world of financial aid and identifies new services available to help families shop for aid (both merit and need based) and also appeal for more money from schools that have already offered funds.
As we write this, there is much discussion about how campuses will reopen. Colleges are monitoring the situation very closely in order to make the best decisions possible to keep their students and campus community safe. As the vaccine rollout continues, many colleges are planning for in-person instruction. Reach out to the college(s) you are considering for information on special requirements such as proof of vaccination and details regarding classroom set-up, living in campus dorms, dining options and other aspects of campus life.
We know this is a very difficult time. Stay in touch with your schools and keep a close watch on new developments, so you can make the best choice possible.