80 Prestige Schools Team up to Redesign Common Application


September 29, 2015
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
In less than a month the world of higher education has moved forward with changes to the traditional approaches in the college application and admission process - first, with the simplified and updated FAFSA to appear in October 2016 and now, with 80 colleges and universities building a platform to streamline the application process that they hope to debut in summer of 2016. The goal is to get rid of the old formulaic approach and to strengthen the communication system between students and colleges, especially for those who lack adequate and sufficient college-going resources.

In less than a month the world of higher education has moved forward with changes to the traditional approaches in the college application and admission process - first, with the simplified and updated FAFSA to appear in October 2016 and now, with 80 colleges and universities building a platform to streamline the application process that they hope to debut in summer of 2016. The goal is to get rid of the old "formulaic approach" and to strengthen the communication system between students and colleges, especially for those who lack adequate and sufficient college-going resources.

October and November are notorious for being high-stress months for high school seniors race as they race to meet early application deadlines. Students and families from more affluent backgrounds often have better-equipped and resourceful educators in contrast to their disadvantaged, low-income counterparts. To remove any barriers that would prevent students from applying to college, the "coalition" group, called the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, first announced its plan for a more retro application last fall, which would house smaller membership and different requirements. Among the 83 colleges and universities that have started creating the joint application portal, 52 are private schools and 31 are public schools; several Ivy League schools as well as other elite and highly selective liberal arts institutions are represented. In order to participate, colleges must demonstrate at least 70% of students graduate within six years and private colleges must vow to meet the financial need of all U.S. students. Similarly, public institutions must have affordable in-state tuition and strong financial aid.

The new application would serve as an alternative to the Common Application, and schools may choose to keep the former version, according to the Los Angeles Times. The new application would allow students to create a portfolio by storing their schoolwork while also receiving advice and information on colleges and financial aid. With this new format, the coalition hopes to "motivate a strong college-going mindset among students of all backgrounds, especially those from low-income families or underrepresented groups who have historically had less access to leading colleges and universities."

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ankita  on  10/11/2015 12:51:39 PM commented:

Respectes sr and mam i want schorlship for m dance carrer and want to be a best dancer. I have financial crices. For that my parents did n't fulfill my dream. It's my humbale request to think about me. I will always be grateful to you. Thnku

ankita  on  10/6/2015 1:27:09 PM commented:

Respectes sr and mam i want schorlship for m dance carrer and want to be a best dancer. I have financial crices. For that my parents did n't fulfill my dream. It's my humbale request to think about me. I will always be grateful to you. Thnku

Brooke, F.  on  10/5/2015 2:53:03 PM commented:

Good to know there is more help.

Corey A.  on  9/30/2015 10:37:28 PM commented:

Wow this is amazing. I really appreciate the fact that not only the more high sufficient class is getting recognized. This is a great step!

Elijah A.  on  9/30/2015 4:30:35 PM commented:

That sounds amazing for those that have such a busy plate for high school seniors.

Eldric b  on  9/30/2015 3:38:41 PM commented:

Thank you for all you have done

TP  on  9/30/2015 12:33:49 PM commented:

I think this will be good

Donna S.  on  9/30/2015 5:48:41 AM commented:

Our dilemma with college is costs. Income is too high to qualify for assistance (even though it is greatly needed), and not low enough to receive aid. Paying out of pocket means saving for each semester. While this is manageable for Community College, university will be where we see the struggle. While a merit scholarship will help, our only other option to ensure our child continues through to complete a bachelors degree is by taking out student loans at $20,000, or more, for each school year.

Corey A.  on  9/29/2015 10:36:51 PM commented:

Wow this is amazing. I really appreciate the fact that not only the more high sufficient class is getting recognized. This is a great step!

Jimmy Layland  on  9/29/2015 6:17:28 PM commented:

Helpp

Giada M.  on  9/29/2015 6:00:41 PM commented:

This looks great! Too bad I'm applying for colleges right now.

Henry A  on  9/29/2015 5:26:30 PM commented:

I love it and want to be one of those students.

Henry A  on  9/29/2015 5:26:07 PM commented:

It's good that they are helping students with money I want to be one of them

Mary  on  9/29/2015 4:35:24 PM commented:

Yes

Samuel Roman Jr  on  9/29/2015 4:35:23 PM commented:

I want to return to school January 2016

Mary  on  9/29/2015 4:35:19 PM commented:

Yes

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