Scholarship News

Where High School Seniors Stand on Coronavirus and College


July 16, 2020 9:48 AM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
A new survey detailing what rising high school seniors think about college amid the COVID-19 pandemic indicates that despite being unable to visit colleges for much of the year, rising high school seniors are already looking toward fall 2021 and are optimistic that higher education will be back to normal by that time. As a general whole, the survey findings show that the COVID-19 pandemic has not dampened prospective students' interest in attending college in fall 2021.

A new survey detailing what rising high school seniors think about college amid the COVID-19 pandemic indicates that despite being unable to visit colleges for much of the year, "rising high school seniors are already looking toward fall 2021 and are optimistic that higher education will be back to normal by that time." As a general whole, the survey findings show that "the COVID-19 pandemic has not dampened prospective students' interest in attending college in fall 2021."

With the uncertainties surrounding college, rising high school seniors are navigating the challenges and adapting to a new educational environment by relying on alternate forms of communication and information.

If you are a rising high school senior, here are ways to remain informed, engaged and prepared for college:

  • Research your desired schools' fall reopening plans. Find out if they intend to completely reopen, remain virtual, or use a hybrid option. Determine your comfort level with their new COVID-19 protocols when deciding to which school(s) you will apply. For this, you'll want to rely on the college website, as well as directly contact administrators with any further questions or concerns you may have.
  • Identify key deadlines, especially since many schools have modified and/or extended their college application deadlines. Determine if your school(s) of choice have reduced their application fee or have completely eliminated it. According to the survey, 81% of students would be more likely to apply to a college/university if it reduced the application fee; 66% of students would be more likely to apply to a college/university if it extended the application deadline.
  • Determine whether or not your desired school(s) have gone test-optional over COVID-19's impact on standardized exam schedules, or if they have completely removed test score requirements as part of the college admissions process.
  • Find out if your ideal school(s) intend on hosting on-campus visits this upcoming academic year and devise a game plan/itinerary for if and when you'd be able to tour the campus. 90% of surveyed students said that they would still apply to a specific school they were considering, even if they couldn't make an on-campus visit.
  • Follow your desired school(s)' social media accounts to keep up-to-date on developing college news and plans regarding the coronavirus - including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and more!
  • Attend any virtual college fairs and Q&A sessions offered to learn more about the school(s) in which you are interested. These opportunities may be one of the few or only times in which you can ask pressing questions or acquire crucial school information before you commit to a college.
  • Sign up to receive both digital and print material from the schools that appeal to you most. These newsletters, pamphlets, and brochures will provide an in-depth and timely snapshot of what your college/university has to offer, especially during this unprecedented time. Most schools will have a designated place at their website where you can request more information and opt-in to receive these materials.
  • Inquire if the school(s) in which you are interested are offering college tuition discounts and/or college tuition freezes due to COVID-19's impact on students' unmet college financial need. Contact the school directly or visit their website to learn about these potential changes.
  • Talk to the college financial aid office at your desired school(s) regarding all college funding options, especially if you've endured financial hardship due to the coronavirus. You may be able to defer your commitment deposit or even appeal your financial aid package to get more financial aid.
  • File Your FAFSA by the federal deadline of June 30, 2021 if you are a rising high school senior. For separate college and state FAFSA deadlines, click here. According to the survey, a whopping 92% of rising high school seniors had talked to their parents/guardians about applying to and paying for college. Now that's music to our ears!

College is expensive, Scholarships.com is completely free. Pay for your college education with as much free college scholarship money as possible. By applying to all the awards you qualify for, you can be sure to not miss a single opportunity in paying for your college expenses - including tuition, fees, room and board. Get matched to college scholarships instantly and start applying today by conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

ADVERTISEMENT

Discuss

Share your thoughts and perhaps thousands of students will benefit from your unique insight on the subject!



If you can read this, don't touch the following fields


 
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Let’s say you’ve made it. You are enrolled in college, or have been for a year or two. You’re receiving some financial aid, or even a scholarship, but something’s missing. It’s money. No matter how generous the package you’re receiving is, there’s always one more book to buy, one more activity fee, one more dining hall bill…

Scholarship Search in College? Scholarships for Undergrads

April 13, 2021 9:09 AM
by Scholarships.com Staff
Let’s say you’ve made it. You are enrolled in college, or have been for a year or two. You’re receiving some financial aid, or even a scholarship, but something’s missing. It’s money. No matter how
When students hear back from colleges in the coming weeks, they may not get a firm acceptance or rejection, but rather get put on the wait list. Getting waitlisted is a normal part of the college admissions process, but some experts say that this year the wait list could turn into the longest it has ever been. A combination of the effects of the coronavirus on colleges, changes in application policies and an increase in applications at top colleges may contribute to a difficult wait list period.

The Longest Wait List Ever? What to Expect

March 31, 2021 3:09 PM
by Izzy Hall
When students hear back from colleges in the coming weeks, they may not get a firm acceptance or rejection, but rather get put on the wait list. Getting waitlisted is a normal part of the college
Spring has officially begun! Days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. Spring means flowers and rainstorms. It’s also the time that brings college acceptances and decisions! That’s why spring is a great time to apply for scholarships. These April scholarship opportunities will springboard you to college savings! Check out the following scholarships, and be sure to try a free scholarship search today to discover customized scholarship results that can help you pay for college.

Put a Spring in Your Step with April Scholarships

March 23, 2021 2:58 PM
by Izzy Hall
Spring has officially begun! Days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. Spring means flowers and rainstorms. It’s also the time that brings college acceptances and decisions! That’s
International Women’s Day takes place every year on March 8, during Women’s History Month. At Scholarships.com, we know that today’s young women can become tomorrow’s leaders – and that for many, going to college is the first big step in their lives as independent adults. To all the young women who are current high schools senior attending college next fall, check out the scholarships below for opportunities that can help you pay for college!

Class of 2021 Scholarships for International Women's Day

March 9, 2021 1:30 PM
by Izzy Hall
International Women’s Day takes place every year on March 8, during Women’s History Month. At Scholarships.com, we know that today’s young women can become tomorrow’s leaders – and that for many,
March is the first month students may hear back from colleges they applied to during regular admission. Whether an acceptance letter comes in the mail or through an online portal, the excitement of being accepted into college is tangible. What may be less tangible is understanding how you and your family will pay for college. A new best-selling book aims to help untangle the process.

Book Shines Light on Navigating College Costs

March 4, 2021 4:00 PM
by Izzy Hall
March is the first month students may hear back from colleges they applied to during regular admission. Whether an acceptance letter comes in the mail or through an online portal, the excitement of