Colleges and universities have a new resident on campus and nobody wants them as a roommate: the coronavirus. To mitigate the effects of the virus, colleges and universities have closed their doors to both current and prospective students. For the thousands of high school seniors beginning college in the fall, campus closures only increase the stress of an already stressful college admissions process. If 2020 was a typical year, the month of April would bring seniors and their families to accepted students’ days and campus tours- but 2020 is not a typical year. This year – rather than driving to campus – accepted seniors and their families will flock to their couches or kitchen tables to attend webinar-style information sessions, zoom calls with admissions representatives, and virtual campus tours. To accommodate these unprecedented times, colleges and universities have adjusted deadlines and campus programming to help accepted students make an informed decision. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has created an online database listing changes in admissions events and deposit dates for schools in the United States and abroad. Although this tool helps determine admissions changes, financial aid is also a contributing factor to choosing a college or university. This handout from Mapping Your Future provides helpful financial aid reminders for high school students, as does NHHEAF’s Center for College Planning website on Paying for College. If you have not yet filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it is not too late to start today. Remember- to be eligible for scholarships and to receive financial aid, you will need to have filed the FAFSA.
If the coronavirus has you feeling overwhelmed, we hear you! In a start-of-term speech, Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore shared a piece of advice to students, who like high school seniors amid coronavirus, were facing unprecedented and scary times, “happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if we only remember to turn on the light.” The Center for College Planning (CCP) is here to be your guiding light through the final stages of the college admissions process; we are here to help you digest new information from colleges and universities, so you are prepared and empowered to make a decision. To reach a college counselor, call us at 888.747.2382, ext. 119 and schedule a FREE virtual funding options appointment. We look forward to “meeting” you!