More than ever, the nation’s colleges want you to enroll — even if you can’t set foot on campus. This means many universities are accepting more students for the Class of 2024 than in recent years.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the sentiment among those would-be freshmen is that remote learning is just not worth the cost, and some would rather stay closer to home and enroll in an in-state public school or community college — or even take a gap year.
With an increasing number of incoming freshmen reconsidering their options for the fall, and many international students unable to enter the U.S., many colleges and universities are desperate to hit their enrollment numbers for the 2020-2021 academic year. “At the end of the day, tuition targets need to be met,” said Hafeez Lakhani, president of New York-based Lakhani Coaching.
Going forward, with the growing demand for refunds from the spring semester and lost revenue from summer programs, schools may not be able to be as generous with their financial aid offerings.
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