How has the recent economic climate affected the college admission process?

Janet Loren
Partner and Educational Consultant
Pearl Glassman Educational Counseling

We (counselors) have seen more concern and confusion. Parents are taking a greater role in the college admission process and they are more anxious about admittance and costs. Therefore, students are applying to more colleges (a minimum of eight to 12 schools), with a range of selectivity and price.

Charlotte M. Klaar, Ph.D.Charlotte M. Klaar, Ph.D.
Director
Klaar College Consulting LLC
The economic downturn has made families look more to community colleges and state schools and to totally discount private schools. This is a mistake! Often, if a private college really wants the student, they might be willing to offer substantial merit aid to entice the student to enroll. This free money is simply not available at public universities.

Ann HerbenerAnn Herbener
College Counselor
Papillion-La Vista High School
More of my students are applying to colleges and universities close to home. They are trying to save the room and board expense. Community college is also being accessed by students who would have considered four-year colleges in the past.

Suzan ReznickSuzan Reznick
Director
The College Connection
Absolutely! A student who does not require any financial aid definitely benefits now more than ever before. State schools are now actively recruiting more out-of-state students then previously, because they would be paying tuition at a higher rate. Schools across the country now are also heavily recruiting international students.

Heather JohnsonHeather Johnson
Educational Consultant
Heather Johnson Associates
Obviously schools have to be cognizant of the bottom line, and I think there is more worry then from families who absolutely need financial aid in order for college to be a possibility.

Sandra E. CliftonSandra E. Clifton
Educational Consultant for Social & Emotional Learning
Clifton Corner: An Academic Coaching Center.
The recent economic climate has affected all of us, from students to college advisors and even universities. Many families are reconsidering their original college plans and students are applying closer to home, living at home, and/or working part-time jobs while attending classes. Other individuals are opting to take courses online and experiencing college from a virtual classroom to save money on transportation, room, board, and other financial expenses.  In addition, some students are delaying college until they develop clarity about their professional interests and know the direction for a major and future career.

Stuart NachbarStuart Nachbar
President
EducatedQuest.com
Parents are more cost-sensitive, though they are more career-sensitive too. This favors the publicly supported schools as well as the more selective private institutions with the larger endowments.

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