WHEN YOU APPLY TO COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES YOU HAVE RIGHTS
Before You Apply:
You have the right to receive
factual and comprehensive information from colleges and universities
about their admission, financial costs, aid opportunities, practices
and packaging policies, and housing policies. If you consider applying
under an early admission, early action decision plan, you have a right
to complete information from the college about its processes and
When You Are Offered Admission:
You have the right to wait to respond to an offer of admission and/or financial aid until May 1.
Colleges that request commitments
to offers of admission and/or financial assistance prior to May 1, must
clearly offer you the opportunity to request (in writing) an extension
until May 1. They must grant you this extension and your request may
not jeopardize your status for admission and/or financial aid. (This
right does not apply to candidates admitted under an early decision
If You Are Placed on A Wait List or Alternate List:
The letter that notifies you of
that placement should provide a history that describes the number of
students on the wait list, the number offered admission, and the
availability of financial aid and housing.
Colleges may require neither a deposit nor a written commitment as a condition of remaining on a wait list.
Colleges are expected to notify you of the resolution of your wait list status by August 1 at the latest.
WHEN YOU APPLY TO COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES YOU HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES
Before You Apply:
You have a responsibility to
research and understand the policies and procedures of each college or
university regarding application fees, financial aid, scholarships, and
housing. You should also be sure that you understand the policies of
each college or university regarding deposits that you may be required
to make before you enroll.
As You Apply:
You must complete all material
that is required for application, and submit your application on or
before the published deadlines. You should be the sole author of your
You should seek the assistance of
your high school counselor early and throughout the application period.
Follow the process recommended by your high school for filing college
It is your responsibility to arrange, if appropriate, for visits to and/or interviews at colleges of your choice.
After You Receive Your Admission Decisions:
You must notify each college or
university that accepts you whether you are accepting or rejecting its
offer. You should make these notifications as soon as you have made a
final decision as to the college that you wish to attend, but no later
than May 1.
You may confirm your intention to
enroll and, if required, submit a deposit to only one college or
university. The exception to this arises if you are put on a wait list
by a college or university and are later admitted to that institution.
You may accept the offer and send a deposit. However, you must
immediately notify a college or university at which you previously
indicated your intention to enroll.
If you are accepted under an early
decision plan, you must promptly withdraw the applications submitted to
other colleges and universities and make no additional applications. If
you are an early decision candidate and are seeking financial aid, you
need not withdraw other applications until you have received
notification about financial aid.
If you think that your rights have
been denied, you should contact the college or university immediately
to request additional information or the extension of a reply date. In
addition, you should ask your counselor to notify the president of the
state or regional affiliate of the National Association for College
Admission Counseling. If you need further assistance, send a copy of
any correspondence you have had with the college or university and a
copy of your letter of admission to:
1631 Prince Street,
Alexandria, VA 22314-2818.