GWU Campus Front

Need-Blind vs. Need-Aware Colleges: Why You Should Apply Regardless

Recently the labels “need-blind” and “need-aware” were thrust into the spotlight.  After years of promoting themselves as a need-blind college, George Washington University admits they generally adopt need-aware practices. In fact, about 10% of prospective students falling outside the top-achieving admissions migrate from “admitted” to “waitlisted” at GWU each year due to financial need consideration….

What Does “Need-Blind” Admissions Mean?

When most students apply to college, they expect to be accepted based on their merits and not financial aid. Some schools, like Wesleyan University, are known for “need-blind” admissions, meaning they consider a student regardless of their ability to pay, in addition to offering to meet all of their financial needs. This isn’t always a…