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Jul 06

How the FAFSA and ACT Can Hurt Your Application (And Not for the Reasons You Think)

“Everyone knows that college admissions decisions are determined by how much schools want certain candidates. Here’s a lesser-known fact: Decisions are also determined by how much you want certain schools.

Colleges and universities are always looking for more information to evaluate their applicants. They want to determine whether you’ll flourish, both academically and socially, in the environment they provide. They want to know how you’ll contribute to the school while you’re there, and how likely you are to continue to contribute once you’ve left. And, like nervous teens asking a would-be paramour out on a date, they want to how much you like them, whether your application is just an idle flirtation, or whether there’s a real chance for a long-term relationship.

Especially among applicants to the most competitive schools, it’s increasingly typical to apply to seven, ten, or even 15 colleges. And the most competitive schools are in an interesting double bind: They are judged both by their selectivity (the percentage of applicants who are accepted, a number they want to keep very low) and their yield (the percentage of accepted students who attend, a number they want to keep as high as possible). So they want lots of people to apply, but they want to be able to accept very few, and then they want most of their accepted students to attend.

In other words, they want to reject most of their applicants, but they are terrified their applicants will reject them….

In the world of college admissions, it has long been an open secret that FAFSA reports to colleges the order in which colleges are listed on the FAFSA form. This means that, if you apply for financial aid, schools will see a list of all the schools you’ve applied to, and the order in which you listed those schools.” Read more of this article by Dan Edmonds by clicking here.

 

 

      
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