Financial Aid, SAT, and College Application News
High School students interested in going to college should be interested in a few new “changes” that will impact them.
One of these has to do with financial aid. A recent article by Jill Haley explains that last week President Obama signed an executive action that will make changes in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as FAFSA, which is the main document that families complete to make students eligible for financial aid.
Starting in the 2017-2018 school year, FAFSA will be available in October, which changes from the usual January start. This allows families to use prior tax returns when filling out FAFSA.
This is significant because families will not have to file their taxes in January or estimate what their taxes may be. In addition, changing to the October date will hopefully simplify the process and make FAFSA more user-friendly.
Another change for students is the new SAT which the CollegeBoard has completely overhauled. The changes include a shorter total test time, scores that will return to the 1600 scale, no penalty given to a student answering incorrectly, and a format that will resemble the ACT, the other college admission’s test.
The last piece of news focuses on a new application platform called The Coalition Application. This will be a direct competitor to the Common Application, which is used by a number of colleges and universities.
According to Haley, The Coalition Application will be unique because each student will have a “virtual locker” where he or she can put assignments, assessments, projects, photos, and other important information that the college can analyze.
This new application’s goal is to have an application that encourages introspection and reflection.
The Coalition Application has already been adopted by 80 colleges and will launch in January of 2016.
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