Need-Blind Admissions Was Always A Lie

Are the elite universities in the 568 Presidents Group operating as a cartel, colluding to price fix financial aid offers in the college admissions process? We happen to think so and so too does Peter Coy, a New York Times opinion writer out with a fantastic op-ed this week. In … 

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A Call for America’s Need-Blind Universities to Eliminate The Financial Aid Question

Over the years, from atop our soapbox in elite college admissions, we at Ivy Coach have held colleges, school counselors, private college counselors, and local grocers accountable for sewing confusion about the highly selective college admissions process, for perpetuating misconceptions, and for not telling it like it is. We’ve called … 

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On the Price Fixing Class Action Against Elite Universities

When the group known as Students for Fair Admissions sued Harvard University, alleging discrimination against Asian American applicants in the admissions process, we said that while their argument indeed had merit, we didn’t expect they’d win. And why? Because we believe they positioned the case incorrectly. As an example, SFFA … 

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Students Allege Price Fixing in Elite College Admissions

A federal class action lawsuit has been filed in Illinois against 16 universities — Brown University, California Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Emory University, Georgetown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Rice University, … 

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International Applicants Applying for Financial Aid

Many high school seniors are under the assumption that the college to which they’re applying is need-blind, meaning the college doesn’t take into account the student’s family’s ability to pay when weighing the student’s case for admission. And why do these students hold this assumption? Because admissions officers at these … 

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The Early Round of College Admissions Is For All

The Early Decision / Early Action round offers its advantages in terms of admissions statistics. For the Class of 2023, 2.8% of Regular Decision applicants earned admission to Harvard; 13.4% of Harvard’s Early Action applicants this same year earned admission to the Cambridge, Massachusetts institution. These statistics are emblematic of … 

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Financial Aid College Ranking

The Princeton Review has released a ranking today of the best colleges for financial aid, stating that these are the schools that are “doling out the most aid to offset the cost of college.” All ten universities featured in the ranking are private schools with, as Jessica Dickler states for … 

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Parents Exploiting Financial Aid Offers

We are experts in highly selective college admissions. We are not experts in financial aid. Do we know more than most about financial aid? Of course. But we don’t hold ourselves out to be experts namely because our students at Ivy Coach do not apply for financial aid. And why? … 

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Changes to Higher Education Act

As congressional Republicans push to pass a reauthorization bill to the Higher Education Act, many believe the changes to the act would significantly curtail the ability of low and middle-income students to receive financial aid. We at Ivy Coach are among them. In fact, in an article out today in … 

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Top Universities for Financial Aid

There’s a piece on “CNBC” by Jessica Dickler entitled “Top colleges for financial aid” that we figured we’d share on the pages of our college admissions blog. Because why not? The piece focuses on a ranking conducted by “The Princeton Review” on the colleges, both public and private, that measures universities … 

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