The short answer is wait; take all the time you are given before making a decision.
Many colleges have already extended their commitment date to June 1. Those colleges who have officially maintained their May 1 commitment will, on a phone call, ask how much more time you need. ASK FOR JUNE 1.
There is SO MUCH that is currently UNKNOWABLE.
Arizona State plans to open in the fall with three separate platforms – a full on campus experience, a mix of on campus and remote learning and a vibrant online platform. Yet the President of the University acknowledges that they don’t yet know how out of state students will be able to get to campus.
SUNY Buffalo is asking students who have been offered tuition grants to indicate (non-binding) if they are still interested in attending and using the grant. By this date in prior years, commitments were binding.
Penn State has reduced the cost of their summer program by close to a third.
Syracuse U has reduced tuition for it’s 2020-21 grad school.
Plans to improve online learning offerings are still being developed at colleges across the country.
Though I do not have stats from any specific college, overall reporting is that enrollment is expected to be down 15-20%. Remember, however, that the full effect of these numbers will not be known until members of the upper class receive tuition bills (late July) and communicate their choice.
A drop in enrollment of that magnitude will encourage improved financial aid offers in order to fill as many seats as possible.
The waiting game isn’t over yet. Why make a commitment when you cannot be guaranteed what you are committing to?
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