The Secrets of Elite College Admissions

In the final ‘shaping’ of an incoming class, academic standards give way to other, more ambiguous factors Last year, when high-school seniors applied to college, they never could have imagined the mess that a global pandemic would create for their … Continued

How to Appeal College Financial-Aid Decisions

The coronavirus and economic downturn will make it easier for parents to make a case for more money. But it also means the competition for aid will be greater. Financial-aid award letters have arrived or will soon arrive for graduating … Continued

The Alphabet Soup of Financial-Aid Abbreviations

College-aid offers are often filled with abbreviations students and their families might not understand. Here is a cheat sheet. As high-school seniors mull college acceptances and decide where to attend college in the fall, the economic turmoil created by the … Continued

Low-income students remain rare at elite universities

As the Trump administration takes aim at race-based college admissions policies, many of the country’s most competitive schools, including Ivy League universities, are struggling with an equally vexing problem: how to create more economic diversity on their campuses, giving strong … Continued