Fit or Money? What Is Really Motivating College Admissions Decisions

A recent survey of college admission directors revealed that more schools are admitting students because of they are “full-pay”. What does this mean for you in the college application process?

Data Analysis in Financial Aid–Need Blind Admissions vs. Need Blind Financial Aid

Are admissions decisions really “need blind”? Sometimes. But financial aid decisions clearly are not.

Financial Aid, Admissions, and "Need Blind" Policies

Clients have asked me repeatedly to explain the relationship between the financial aid and admissions offices, and to help them to understand how financial need is factored into admissions decisions.  Usually these questions revolve around whether a college is “need blind” or “need aware.”  So in this post, I’ll try to shed some light on […]

Economic Considerations Remove Blindfold from Need Blind Admissions

A few days ago I wrote a post providing some of my predictions about how the credit crunch will affect college admissions.  The New York Times ran a story yesterday about how both rich and poor colleges are reacting to the economic downturn. There are two points from this article I want to emphasize. First, […]