It is rarely easy to summon the will to ask for help, especially if you’re seeking more financial aid from what you believe to be your first-choice college.
But this spring, the traditional time of award letters and admission deposits, is unlike any other.
Normally there is an orderly process: Current and prospective students scrutinize their awards, and college administrators field their requests, knowing they have a certain amount of budgetary wiggle room.
The economic cataclysm caused by the coronavirus outbreak has changed all that: Large numbers of families have lost some or all of their income, or fear they soon will. And high school seniors are trying to pick a school even as there are few indications yet about whether they are signing up for what will be a virtual freshman year, at perhaps $80,000 or more.