What does the Future Look Like for the College Process?


By Naila Dasilva and Emma Arango

As the cases of COVID-19 rises around the world, many colleges have changed their decision deadlines and the SAT college entrance exam have been postponed until the Fall.

According to the College Board, around a million students across the country were supposed to take the SAT exam last month but were not able to because of this pandemic. The board said the soonest the tests will resume in August. 

They anticipate that the test dates would be on Aug. 29, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5. Another test would also most likely be held in August. 

Schools such as Boston University, Northeastern University, and the University of California have decided to drop the SAT and ACT requirements after acknowledging how difficult it is for some students to take the test before applying. 

With college letters already in the mail, seniors in high school have a little extra time to decide which college they will attend. The National College Decision Day, which is where students can decide which college they go to has always been May 1st. Due to the coronavirus, they have pushed many schools to extend the deadline until June 1st. 

Colleges have seen a large spike in the number of students asking for more financial aid than normal.  Many scholarships have been created for college students to apply for in correlation to the coronavirus. Companies like DoSomething have made some scholarships easy to apply for, such as a simple survey as to how this pandemic has affected you. 

“The investments that families set aside to pay for college are taking a financial hit, and parents who may have planned to pay for their student’s tuition — or even students who planned to work their own way through college — are now unsure if those jobs and paychecks will be available to them in the future,” said Anne Huntington, president of the Huntington Learning Center.