Skip to Content

### Mounting Confusion Surrounding College Applications

() — This year’s college admissions process may prove to be the most perplexing and tumultuous season yet for both prospective students and universities.

The recent Supreme Court decision on affirmative action in admissions, modifications to the federal financial aid application, and the implementation of new test-optional policies are all contributing to the escalating confusion among students and parents.

According to Andy Lockwood, a college consultant interviewed by NewsNation’s Nichole Berlie, the confluence of these changes has created an “almost perfect storm” of uncertainty and complexity in the college application landscape.

Lockwood emphasized the relentless pressure that students and parents are facing throughout this evolving process, noting that the revised federal financial aid application has only added to the challenges.

He pointed out that the anticipated issues with the aid application had been foreseen for the past two years, underscoring the delayed visibility of student-submitted data by colleges until mid-March. Despite this, colleges are already sending out urgent emails as early as January, urging completion of the FAFSA.

Moreover, Lockwood highlighted the extension of commitment deadlines to as late as June, significantly altering the application timeline.

Regarding diversity considerations in admissions, Lockwood expressed confidence that colleges would continue to value diversity, even in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling against race-conscious admission policies. He mentioned that colleges are adapting by incorporating essay questions that delve into applicants’ backgrounds, race, ethnicity, and personal narratives to maintain a diverse student body.

While acknowledging the uncertainty surrounding the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision, Lockwood remains optimistic that colleges will prioritize diversity in the upcoming academic year once the situation stabilizes.