Almost all senior high school seniors are familiar with the symptoms: anxiety, stress, disturbed sleep. The Princeton Review calls it \”The Other March Madness,\” and it is the period between now and mid-April once the envelopes start dropping through the mail slots: thin to signal disappointment, and also the thick ones that augur a fulfillment of the dream. It is now time that most colleges are delivering not only their decisions, but additionally financial aid packages which, with the price of college moving ever forward, are almost as vital a concern for applicants as well as their parents.
According to The Princeton Review’s 2012 “College Hopes & Worries Survey” C a yearly poll of school applicants and fogeys of applicants C stress levels are up this year and college costs remain a sobering concern. Eighty-six percent of respondents say financial aid will be “very” necessary (and within that cohort 61% say “extremely” necessary).? Seventy-five percent report the state of the economy has affected their college choices.
Every year, during this time period, the Princeton Review, one of the largest test-prep companies in the country, releases its annual \”College Hopes & Worries Survey,\” which polls seniors as well as their families for his or her views on the college application process, their state of mind as it’s coming to a close, their concerns about educational funding, and what they consider to be their \”dream school.\” This year’s edition collected data from 10,650 students and parents and found:
@ 71% Report High Stress Levels
@ 86% Say Educational funding \”Very Necessary\”
@ 75% Say Economy Affecting Their College Choices
@ #1 “Dream College” Among Students: Harvard
@ #1 “Dream College” Among Parents: Stanford
The Princeton Review, that has been publishing laptop computer since 2003, also asks the respondents, who answer several fill-in-the-blank questions as well as some multiple-choice, what their advice may be for next year’s applicants.
The most common refrain from parents and students alike: “Start early.”? One student targeted his advice to oldsters: “Your kid is going through the process. NOT you.”? Another teen wisely wrote, “Enjoy applying to colleges. You (hopefully) only reach do it once.”