Private college freshmen get big tuition discounts

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Questions we explored this week:

  • This top tier school system will no longer consider ANY test scores. Which one?
  • What's the average tuition discount from private colleges 2020-2021?
  • With increased college apps this year, how did admissions officers get through them?

May 17, 2021 — University of California

The Board of Regents that directs the 10 UC campuses including UCLA and UC Berkeley voted 23 – 0 to eliminate SAT and ACT scores starting Fall 2021. Last year, the UCs considered test scores from those who chose to submit them (test optional), but next year, test scores will not be considered from any applicant (test blind).

What does this mean? Test prep centers are likely morphing into college counseling or tutoring businesses. Fewer Californians will be worried about testing into college, but will need to focus on top grades and strong essays.

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May 20, 2021 — 53.9% discount

The National Association of College and University Business Officers conducted a survey revealing that in 2020-2021, private colleges gave on average a 53.9% tuition discount off the sticker price. This means for every college that charges $100,000 per year in tuition, the student only pays $46,100.

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What does this mean? Colleges are fighting for students, especially when many people believe online or hybrid learning isn’t as valuable as in-person learning. Families shouldn’t expect to pay the posted sticker price on college websites.

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May 17, 2021 — Artificial intelligence

College applicants may be evaluated by AI systems that use text and video to analyze personality, communication skills, professionalism, and leadership. AI companies like Kira claim the systems aren’t meant to replace humans but to complement human work and ensure no biases are present in human evaluations.

What does this mean? If corporations are using AI in their HR hiring processes, there’s no reason why colleges couldn’t either. However, colleges should be careful of machine biases that could get them sued.

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