Students unlucky in the college admissions game can still get in under the wire. Plenty of circumstances may have arose that deterred your student from acceptance. Maybe all of their choices fell through. Maybe they wavered between attending college or not and finally decided to take the plunge.
Late Admission? No Problem
No matter the reason, that May 1st admissions deadline is solid for many institutions. Failure to send their nominal deposit (or notification of attendance without a deposit) will forfeit your student’s spot, forcing them on the waitlist, or even disqualify them entirely.
However, others remain open for new admissions: 220+ colleges, in fact. Late enrollment does not equal a lesser quality education. Highly ranked and respected colleges, while preferring an earlier submission, process late applications with virtually no fuss or resistance.
Time Magazine cited a considerably sized list of colleges still accepting admissions for Fall 2015:
|COLLEGE||STATE||PUBLIC OR PRIVATE?||MONEY BEST COLLEGES RANK||GRADUATION RATE||PAYSCALE.COM AVG. EARLY CAREER EARNINGS|
|University of Washington Bothell||WA||Public||37||64%||$52,100|
|Holy Family University||PA||Private||68||62%||$49,400|
|Oregon Institute of Technology||OR||Public||76||48%||$57,000|
|Michigan Technological University||MI||Public||82||66%||$59,200|
|Illinois Institute of Technology||IL||Private||92||68%||$55,000|
|University of Arizona||AZ||Public||99||61%||$48,400|
|New College of Florida||FL||Public||134||69%||$39,800|
|University of Northern Iowa||IA||Public||138||66%||$40,600|
|Washington State University||WA||Public||138||67%||$45,900|
|Loyola University Maryland||MD||Private||138||84%||$51,000|
|William Jewell College||MO||Private||156||69%||$45,700|
|Saint Joseph’s University||PA||Private||169||79%||$49,300|
|University of Toledo||OH||Public||173||46%||$44,900|
|The University of Tulsa||OK||Private||194||66%||$55,000|
For a complete list, refer to the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
The Community College Route
If you want to bypass late admissions entirely, consider re-applying next term. In the meantime, your student can easily access general education classes at a local community college, then transfer any completed courses (but make sure they’re transferable!). Even better, community colleges are far less of a strain on your budget than four-year institutions, even in California: $5,000 versus $30,000 on average. Save money without sacrificing time spent toward a degree.
Above all, advise your student not to panic and let them know options do exist so they don’t lose out on valuable education time. Good luck!
Westface College Planning can help navigate the financial aid process from start to finish. To learn how we can help, call us at 650-587-1559 or sign up for one of our Tackling the Runaway Costs of College Workshops or Webinars.
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