For the admissions cycle 2020-21 more than 1,600 4-year colleges and universities announced Test-Optional policies. Colleges made decisions without standardized (SAT or ACT) test scores if the students were unable to submit their test scores. Some colleges had also announced that they will be extending their Test-Optional policies for the 2021-22 admissions ... Read More >
What’s Happening in College Admissions?
The Pandemic has greatly impacted the higher education sector particularly the college admissions process. One of the impactful trends in college admissions this past year has been the Test-Optional policies adopted by colleges. More than 1,600 colleges and universities announced test-optional or test-blind policies for the 2020-2021 application cycle. As ... Read More >
Changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid- FAFSA
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 includes changes and reforms to FAFSA, known as the FAFSA Simplification Act, effective for students applying to the 2023-24 academic year. Some of the most significant changes include reduced number of questions on the form (from 108 to 36), new well-defined “cost of attendance” by colleges, and an increase in ... Read More >
PSAT and National Merit Scholarship Program Students take the PSAT test in 10th and 11th grades. The PSAT is a pre -SAT test. The scores of the PSAT tests are not used in college admissions. However, students taking the PSAT test in their junior year qualify to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program. This is a selective program, and ... Read More >
Campus visits are important to college admissions process. Through visits students can explore many different resources available in a given college, learn about campus life, academic offerings, financial aid, and find out about its geographic setting. In short, students can get a feel about the college’s dynamics and understand if it would be a right fit ... Read More >