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Admissions process changes

anomanderanomander 1645 replies4 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,649 Senior Member
Some of these changes may have been discussed already, but I thought this article might be of interest to parents of high schoolers. It's written from the perspective of a VP of Admissions.

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/inside_higher_ed/2016/05/changes_to_standardized_testing_and_financial_aid_will_affect_the_college.html

Here's the first few paragraphs.

"This year’s admissions headlines covered selectivity rates, surviving the process, getting into the dream school, and Costco. On the whole, the headlines were fairly predictable. But next year?

A look into the future suggests next year will be uncertain and even chaotic for students, families, and most colleges during the admissions process. The emergence of the new application and portfolio system of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, along with the National Association of College Admissions Counselors’ reassessment of the Statement of Principles and Good Practices, are the smallest of disruptions in comparison to what is on the horizon.

As an enrollment manager, I have been wishing for change to the system in the same way a parent awaits good news of the healthy birth of a child. But can so many changes be good for families sending a child off to college?

In the coming year, we will see changes in standardized testing, use of prior-prior year tax information in applying for financial aid, elimination of colleges’ access to the selected institution list on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and the likely expansion of Simplified Needs Testing resulting from Medicaid expansion. These and other factors like demographic shifts, ability to pay, and public support for higher education represent unprecedented changes to the world of college admissions."
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  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 12391 replies228 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 12,619 Senior Member
    access to the selected institution list on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

    That already happened this year, I believe.

    But yeah, a lot of changes coming.
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  • thumper1thumper1 73027 replies3179 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 76,206 Senior Member
    edited May 2016
    Why does it matter if a college can see the other schools listed on the FAFSA? I can't see how that affects college admissions at most schools...where th financial aid office is totally in a separate place from admissions.

    Need aware schools admissions would know the student financial need...but not see the FAFSA...or list of schools. Sorry...this seems like a non-issue to me.
    edited May 2016
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  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 12391 replies228 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 12,619 Senior Member
    I'm sure you saw the study about how it DID affect admissions, and financial aid, @thumper1 - you've been hanging out in the FA forum longer than I have!
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  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 12391 replies228 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 12,619 Senior Member
    But in case anyone else hasn't: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/10/28/colleges-use-fafsa-information-reject-students-and-potentially-lower-financial-aid
    Using FAFSA Against Students
    Some colleges are using the federal government's form for student aid, the FAFSA, to deny admissions and perhaps decrease financial aid awards.

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    ...the list has turned out to be very valuable to college admissions offices and private enrollment management consultants: They have discovered that the order in which students list institutions corresponds to students’ preferred college.

    Now, some colleges use this “FAFSA position” when considering students’ applications for admission, which may affect decisions about admission or placement on the wait list
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 76109 replies663 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 76,772 Senior Member
    thumper1 wrote:
    Why does it matter if a college can see the other schools listed on the FAFSA?

    Colleges that use "level of applicant's interest" in admissions may have used it to determine whether they are a high choice or a low choice (applicants apparently commonly list colleges starting with their top choices).
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  • intparentintparent 36272 replies644 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 36,916 Senior Member
    Well, isn't that a shame if the colleges lose a little edge in knowing what order students have listed their schools. No sympathy here! They never should have had that access to start with.
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  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 12391 replies228 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 12,619 Senior Member
    ^ and they only had that extra info for kids applying for financial aid, which always struck me as unfair. Glad it's ended.
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