Many colleges have reinstated May 1 as the deadline for newly admitted applicants to declare that they will enroll and submit deposits. But with about a week to go, students still have time to appeal to a college for more financial aid, if they need to.
“It is not too late,” said David Hawkins, chief education and policy officer at the National Association for College Admission Counseling, a membership group for college counselors.
Last year, in the depths of pandemic uncertainty, many colleges extended their traditional deposit deadlines by a month or more to give students and families more time to assess their financial situation and consider options. This year, many colleges have reverted to May 1 — or in some cases May 3, since the first of the month falls on a weekend — as “decision day,” said Mark Kantrowitz, a financial aid expert.
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