How to Predict Merit Aid in a Strange College Application Season

Students may have no test scores, altered grades and compromised extracurricular activities. So how will colleges dole out the discounts?

By Ron Lieber Sept. 25, 2020


Untold numbers of high school seniors have had trouble finding convenient places to take standardized tests during the pandemic, while others have health issues that make doing so risky. In the spring, many of them got pass-fail grades or are grappling with other altered academic standards. And plenty of extracurricular activities may be limited or are gone altogether.

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