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As changes and new information become available, we will post them here, keyed to the relevant chapters in Admission Matters, Fourth Edition. Be sure to check the Resources tab and the Admissions News tab for additional information that you may find helpful.

Chapter 3

   Page 54 - An overview of the admissons process at an additional selective public university, the University of Maryland, College Park, can be found in this Washington Post story.

Chapter 6

   Page 141 - ACT has announced that new, free ACT test prep resources will be available in Spring 2018. As of January 23, 2018 the launch date has not been announced. It is called the ACT Academy. Sign up to receive an e-mail notification of launch here.

   Page 142 -  ACT has announced that no test centers in California will be available for the July 14, 1018 test date. No test centers in New York are avaiable for the February or July dates for 2018 and 2019.

Chapter 8

   Page 170 - The College Board is no longer using the noncustodial PROFILE — noncustodial parents will be asked to complete the regular PROFILE if one or more colleges on the student’s list require it. If the student's parents are separated or divorced, the student must list all parents on the CSS Profile Application. Some colleges will then ask for financial information about the noncustodial parent (the parent with whom the student does not live with for the most time during the year), some will not. The noncustodial parent will be prompted to completed the PROFILE through an e-mail he or she will receive after the student provides the information on the application. 

      If the student does not have contact with the noncustodial parent, a CSS Profile Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent is available to provide to colleges (https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/pdf/css-profile-waiver-request-non-custodial-parent.pdf) . Waiver decisions are made on an individual basis by each college. More resources about the CSS Profile can be found in this short overview (http://learn.collegeboard.org/css-profile-overview/) or at cssprofile.org. 

   Page 175 — On July 1, 2017 the interest rates on new federal student loans will increase from the previous year by 0.69 percentage points. The higher rates apply to new loans made between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. The rates on existing, fixed-rate loans will not change. One-time loan fees on new loans will remain unchanged through September 30, 2017. The new rates are:

* Federal Direct Loans — 4.45%

* Federal PLUS Loans — 7.0%

Information about how the loan rates are calculated each year may be found here

Chapter 9 — 

  Page 203 - The Common App has announced that the essay prompts for 2018-19 will remain the same as the prompts for 2017-18. These are avaiable on the Common App website as well as in the Appendix B of Admission Matters.

  Page 204 - 113 colleges are using the Coalition Application for students applying to enter as freshmen in Fall 2018. An additional 19 schools are expected to use the application for Fall 2019.

  Page 205 — Not really an update, but a link to four excellent just-published college essays, each dealing with money-related matters. Each left the admisisons folks “wanting to continue the conversation” with the writer.

  Page 217 — A number of colleges are now accepting self-reported SAT or ACT scores on the student’s application. If a student is accepted and then enrolls, the student is then asked to submit official scores from the testing agency. This is an effort to reduce the cost of applying to college. Be sure to check the website of each college to see their policy on official test score reports. This is an area where there is rapid change. In addition, both the College Board and ACT have changed their policies with regard to free score reports for studnets receiving test fee waivers. As of April 2018, students who take the SAT with a fee waiver will be able to send unlimited score reports free of charge. As of September 2018, ACT allows those with a fee waiver to submit up to 20 score reports free of charge per testing date.

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