Changes Announced for the FAFSA, White House Unveils New College Scorecard
Staying informed is one of the most important things that families can do when preparing to apply to college, and there was a lot of college admissions news to keep up with this week!
A lot of the college admissions and higher education news came from the White House this week, with big announcements regarding the FAFSA and the government’s new college evaluation system. These stories are important to stay on top of, as they can affect families college search and preparation process – especially for current high school juniors.
Here are some of the top stories in college admissions and higher education news from this past week.
- Starting in 2016, students applying for financial aid for the 2016-17 school year can file their FAFSA application as early as October 1 – three months earlier than the current January open date. In addition to the earlier open date, families can also use tax filings from the previous year, eliminating the need for families to hurriedly complete or estimate their taxes in January before filing, as families currently have to do. This will make applying for aid much easier for college bound students and their parents.
- In addition to the FAFSA changes, the White House also unveiled the new College Scorecard site and college information tool, which replaces the previous “ratings” plan. The College Scorecard includes valuable information for US universities, including “measurements of students’ earnings six and 10 years after they started at a college and data showing the proportion of the college’s students who are repaying their student loans.”
- Today is the regular registration deadline for the Oct. 24 ACT. If you plan on taking the test be sure to register today!
- Dr. Kat spoke with DuJour and provided some advice for college students making plans for post graduate life – whether it’s graduate school or finding that first post graduate job.
- Another college has gone test-optional – Cornell College, a liberal arts college in Iowa.
- When considering whether or not to transfer colleges it’s important to understand the transfer admissions process and how it differs from the traditional first-year application process. Here are some transfer admission FAQs.
What do you think of the FAFSA changes? Have you checked out the new College Scorecard site yet? Tell us in the comments below!