During the pandemic: Are plans by local colleges enough for future students?

For high school students, seniors and juniors their future college life is being impacted. Many juniors have already applied to college or are in the middle of applying. Most seniors have already applied to college and have gotten accepted or are waiting on an acceptance letter back. 

Since the order for social distancing was placed schools had to close their campuses. The process for applying for and getting ready to attend college has gotten a little complicated and students may be having trouble figuring out the next steps. 

No need to stress, colleges are lending out other resources that are following the lines of social distancing to help students. Local colleges have already set up answers to many questions that have been asked and their response to COVID-19 on their websites. 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, unemployment claims have been increasing every week and now more than 16 million Americans have filed for unemployment. Local colleges have recognized that many students will need additional time to pay the tuition because of  the current pandemic causing parents to be unemployed.

According to Arizona State University website, if a student cannot make the enrollment deposit by May 1 to secure their spot this fall semester. The ASU admissions office and representatives will work with the students to come up with a plan in order for them to attend. 

Many seniors are getting ready for college and already have planned to visit the campus but that was before the closure of schools. All on campus events have been canceled including campus visits and student orientations.

Colleges here have set up virtual campus visits and virtual experiences for student orientation via zoom. Online chats for incoming freshmen who have questions or need assistance throughout the application process is also provided. ASU has offered individual phone and virtual appointments for students as well. 

Before spring break started juniors were studying for their ACTs and SATs to take after the break but since school has been canceled these tests have been cancelled or postponed. That became a big issue when those two tests were important to getting into college. Which has many colleges thinking about dropping them for the admission requirements. Some schools, ASU and the University of Arizona will both be taking ACT and SAT scores from prior testing for now. 

According to the Chandler Education Foundation, IMPACT scholarships deadline has been extended to May 3 by midnight. 

The students who have signed up for college classes with Chandler Gilbert Community College those classes will still go as planned but the classes that were supposed to be on campus will be moved online. 

Schools and colleges do not know when they will open back up but are trying to continue their recent plans and do what they are able to do but while they are doing so they will be reassuring incoming and current students and their families. 

For more information check your college website or contact them.