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New Tools: Status of College Admission (Invictus!)

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Robert Lamb

In the fell clutch of COVID-19 circumstance and a new era of distance learning, here are some key updates and resources from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and The College Board for Sage Ridge families to access during this turbulent time. In addition to the tools and information below, Rob Lamb, Director of College Counseling, is available to all Sage Ridge students and parents with questions or concerns about the changing landscape of college admissions and financial aid. Please contact him if you would like to schedule a Zoom meet or conference call at your convenience: rlamb@sageridge.org; 425-373-6775 (cell). Stay safe and be well.

For seniors specifically:

College Admission Status Update

As a service to students and families, NACAC has created a tool that compiles in one place campus changes to college admission due to the coronavirus outbreak. With information submitted by nearly 900 colleges and universities, the tool includes changes to deposit and decision deadlines, admission events, and more.

Secondary Schools Status Update

NACAC launched an additional crowdsourced tool to provide insight from the high school side of the desk. The Secondary Schools tool provides information on the challenges of providing students, especially seniors, with transcripts, guidance, and other services for finalizing college plans at a time when many schools are closed or disrupted.


NACAC College Fairs

National College Fairs

Due to coronavirus health and safety concerns, all remaining Spring 2020 college fairs have been canceled. This includes National College Fairs and STEM College and Career Fairs.

Because of the unprecedented nature of this outbreak, we are reviewing our policies and will send updates as information is confirmed.

At present, NACAC plans to kick off the Fall 2020 season of college fairs on Sept. 10. A total of 55 college fairs are planned for fall. We look forward to your participation.
 


Factors Affecting the College Admission Process

NACAC encourages flexibility with deposit and decision deadlines and other admission-related issues that are impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

School Closures

  • Secondary Schools. School closures may impact the ability of students, teachers, and counselors to complete work, submit transcripts, or send recommendation letters required for college admission. Education Week is tracking public school districts that are closed. Many, but not all, closed schools are moving to online instruction.
     
  • Colleges and Universities. Colleges may be closed to students and/or closed to campus visits. Admission events that usually occur at this time—such as campus tours, information sessions, and open house events for admitted students—may be canceled or moved online. The current crisis will likely also impact orientation events usually held on campuses for incoming freshman. Bryan Alexander at Georgetown University is crowdsourcing a list of colleges and universities that are closed or offering courses online only. 
     
  • Study Abroad Programs. The Centers for Disease Control issued recommendations that institutions of higher education cancel or postpone foreign exchange or study abroad programs. See this list of study abroad programs canceled or altered for Spring 2020.

College Applications

  • The Common App provides information regarding disruptions such as the coronavirus. If you are impacted, you can reach Common App's dedicated support team via email. Fee waivers may be available if you are facing unexpected loss. Students who are having difficulty sending official test scores also have the option of sending self-reported scores to colleges.

Financial Aid

  • FAFSA. The FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) remains open until June 30, 2020. Any student or family who has not yet completed a FAFSA may still do so. 

    • Note: For those who have completed a FAFSA, and whose financial circumstances have changed considerably, we encourage you to reach out to your institution’s financial aid office. Financial aid administrators are afforded a degree of professional judgment under the law for state and federal aid, as well as for institutional aid, and can work with students and families whose incomes have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
       
  • Federal Financial Aid. The Federal Student Aid's website includes information for students and parents regarding the coronavirus crisis and financial aid. The site includes information on whether students can keep financial aid if their campus is closed, for example, and provides answers to loan repayment questions.
     
  • Student Loans. The US Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid is suspending federal student loan payments. It is important for student borrowers to contact their loan servicers (such as Navient, Nelnet, FedLoan Servicing, or Great Lakes) over the phone or online to determine the necessary steps to take. Your assigned loan servicer can be found by logging into studentaid.gov.

Testing Dates

  • SAT and AP Tests
    The College Board, which administers both the SAT and AP tests, is continually updating its website.
    • SAT — The SAT for May 2 has been canceled. Makeup exams scheduled for March 28 are also canceled. Registered students will receive refunds.
    • AP — Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. Free remote learning resources are also available. 
       
  • ACT Tests
    ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the US. All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. Please check the ACT website for updates.
     

Other Impacts

 

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