Welcome to February's edition of our Monthly Industry Update! This edition covers the CSS profile, details about the New SAT, reducing stress, and the SAT being offered in the summer!
Getting Free Money
We've talked about the FAFSA before, but how much do you know about the CSS Profile? The other financial aid application. Nerd Wallet has a post explaining what the CSS profile is and why it's important. Although it might be annoying having to fill out another application, many schools could award scholarships based on your profile. In contrast, the FAFSA offers more loans, which have to be paid back. As the article states, "Keep in mind that the two applications work together. Filling out both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile, for schools that require it, offers a more well-rounded financial picture that will give you full consideration for financial aid."
The New SAT is Almost Here!
The New SAT will be first administered in just a few days. Nervous? The New York Times thinks there's reason to be.They wrote about how the new test focuses a lot more on reading skills, including in the math section. What's so bad about this? This would put students whose first language isn't English at a huge disadvantage. However, as the article states "'We are very mindful of the verbal load on this test,' Cyndie Schmeiser, the chief of assessment at the College Board, said. 'We are keeping it down. I think kids are going to find it comfortable and familiar. Everything about the test is publicly available. There are no mysteries.'" Looks like we'll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, here are 8 last minute strategies to prep for the New SAT.
Additionally, the New York Times also posted a quick little quiz to see how well you would do on the New SAT.
I've Got that Summertime (Summertime Sadness)
Is what students will be saying next summer. In 2017 (next year!) the College Board will begin offering the SAT in August! Previously, the SAT was available in June and then not again until October. Having this additional test date would be especially useful to seniors who want to get another test in before early action/early decision deadlines. Additionally, this oh-so conveniently puts the SAT before the September ACT. The Atlantic breaks down who will benefit from the new summer test date.
Some More Advice...
- Forbes published a post with advice on making the college application process less stressful
- Did you know you can use LinkedIn for college search?
- One of our Student Success Advisors shares 7 things she would do differently if she had to apply to college again.
- Have a college athlete? Here are 6 tips on balancing academics and athletics.