What is "need blind" and "need sensitive" admissions?

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What is "need blind" and "need sensitive" admissions?

Rod Bugarin
Former Admissions Officer Columbia, Brown, and Wesleyan University

What is "need blind" and "need sensitive" admissions?

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Rod Bugarin
Former Admissions Officer Columbia, Brown, and Wesleyan University

What is "need blind" and "need sensitive" admissions?

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Maura Kastberg
Executive Director of Student Services RSC

The difference between need blind and need sensitive

Need blind schools do not take the applicants financial situation into accout as they admit students. Need sensitive or sometimes called need aware means the schools usually does not take the students financial situation into account but they may hold some openings for students who are able to meet the schools cost of attendance without assistance. Keep in mind that need blind or need sensitive does not mean that the school will meet all of your financial need once they have admitted you. Need blind and need sensitive apply only to admissions decisions. You should also check thier published information on how they meet the financial need of the students that attend.

Laura O'Brien Gatzionis
Founder Educational Advisory Services

Need Blind vs. Need Sensitive

Need-blind means that the admissions office will absolutely not consider your ability to finance your education when deciding whether or not to offer you admission. Need sensitive means that your family's ability to pay for your education will be a factor in the admissions process.

王文君 June Scortino
President IVY Counselors Network

those are financial aid policy terms

when "need blind" policy implementated by college, students are considered for admissions soley on academic performance and other facts for admissions. once the students are accepted by the admissions office, then the student's financial aid application will be reviewed by the financial aid office. those are two seperate process and procedures. " need sensitive" is the term that college use to determine the seats open to financial needy students for admissions. it has a lot to do with the amount of scholarships offered by the college, the amount of federal and state aid received by the college, and what percentage of students should be under fiancial aid classification.

Erin Avery
Certified Educational Planner Avery Educational Resources, LLC

Was Blind But Now I See

"Need" is when a student demonstrates that they require financial assistance to make college affordable or possible for that student to attend. Therefore, need blind is the college's promise that, in the application review process, the amount of money a student needs will not impact whether or not they are accepted. Need Aware is a more recent term emerging to acknowledge that colleges in fact do (and in some cases must) know whether a student is applying for financial aid in order to make an informed decision regarding whether to admit said student. Rare Personal Anecdote: Of my eight roommates at BC, not one of us paid the same dollar amount for the same exact diploma that hangs on each of our walls. How do you like them apples?

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

Admissions and financial aid

Need blind admissions refers to the policy where a school evaluates an applicant without knowing their financial circumstances. This policy allows an institution to make offers of acceptance regardless of the candidate's ability to pay. Need sensitive admissions refers to the policy where a student's finances are taken in to consideration when evaluating their application. If two students are on the "bubble" and one can afford to pay tuition, while the other may need significant assistance; that may sway a decision.

Bill Pruden
Head of Upper School, College Counselor Ravenscroft School

What is "need blind" and "need sensitive" admissions?

“Need blind” admission is the approach where no consideration is given to the question of whether an applicant may or may not need financial aid. Under a need blind policy, the admissions decision is based solely on a consideration of the standard factors—academic record, co-curricular activities, etc—that are used to determine who will and who will not be admitted. In contrast, a “need sensitive” approach to admissions will add the question of finances to that list and so someone capable of paying full tuition has a positive attribute that someone needing financial aid does not. That fact may not be enough to earn them admission, or it may tip the scales in their favor. Each school implements that approach in a different way and it will vary from school to school depending upon the financial resources available.

Benjamin Caldarelli
Partner Princeton College Consulting, LLC

What is "need blind" and "need sensitive" admissions?

If a school is need blind, it does not consider how much aid a student needs in their admission decision. If they are need sensitive, they do. Most of the most prestigious schools, because they have large endowments, are need blind

Rebecca Joseph
Executive Director & Founder getmetocollege.org

What is "need blind" and "need sensitive" admissions?

Simple. Need blind= colleges do not look at your finances when making admissions decisions. Need sensitive= colleges consider your finances when making admissions decisions. Despite this--you still need to pay for the colleges via scholarships, grants, work-study, loans, and family finances.