Admission, Financial Aid Still Available for Fall Students

The May 1 decision deadline used by many colleges and universities has just passed, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to apply. According to U.S. News & World Report, 362 schools still have spots and financial aid available for incoming freshman for the fall. There are also 374 schools still accepting transfer students for the fall, and most of those still have financial aid available.

The schools are listed on the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) website. The NACAC is a research and advocacy organization that is made up of more than 12,000 members dedicated to helping students make choices when they’re considering higher education. The list of schools, published as the NACAC’s Space Availability Survey, includes Hawaii Pacific University, Northwest University, and Oregon State University. The list includes information on enrollment, the availability of financial aid, housing, and contact information for the admissions department.

"At this point in the year, colleges are just beyond the May 1 national response date, so some of the colleges on this list may be in need of students to round out their classes for the fall," David Hawkins, director of public policy and research at NACAC, said to the

Although schools may be looking to fill out their classes, their admissions requirements probably won’t change. If you’re still looking for a university for the fall, then you should look through the NACAC’s list to see what schools are still accepting students. If you find a school (or several) that interests you, then call their admissions office as soon as possible to see if there are any spots and financial aid available. It’s also a good idea to look into the academic programs the school has to see if it is a good fit for what you want to study. If you are uncertain about a university on the list, you can check its accreditation status, enrollment, student-to-faculty ratio, and graduation rate at the National Center for Education Statistic’s website.

"Don’t wait anymore," Christine Krut, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) admissions director, said to U.S. News & World Report. "This is not the time to take your time in terms of starting the process, but [to] communicate with the schools you’re interested in."

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