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June 18, 2019

MyCoalition And Your College Process

MyCoalition And Your College Process
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You may have seen the announcement last yearthat beginning in July, for the first time ever, students will be able to submit their SAT scores and college applications in the same place: MyCoalition, the Coalition for College's online platform. That announcement said:

The College Board has partnered with the Coalition for College to fully integrate the process for sending SAT scores with the Coalition Application online platform. We know that the college application process is daunting and complex for even the most well-resourced students and families; this can be especially true for underrepresented students. Beginning summer 2019, students applying to college through the Coalition Application will be able to send official SAT and SAT Subject Test scores to colleges directly through MyCoalition, the Coalition's online platform. This enhancement will streamline the college application process for all students applying to Coalition institutions.


This integration represents one of many recent enhancements that make the college application process significantly easier and more transparent for all students, particularly for low-income students.

The College Board is in conversations with other application providers and large university systems to expand the availability of this new functionality to more institutions and students.

In partnership with the College Board, the Coalition is leveraging this technology to reduce complexity in the application process. As the College Board notes in its announcement, the application process can be overwhelmingly complex for the uninitiated. Of course, there are resources available that can simplify the complexities, such as my favorite source of college knowledge, College Confidential.

However, the task of managing the application process is made even more challenging by both the lead time necessary to do a thorough job and the concurrent pressures of the senior high school year. Managing AP courses, visiting colleges, gathering application information such as recommendations and transcripts, taking and sending test scores, and simply trying to “have a life" can make senior year for prospective collegians a tense, stressful experience.

Enhancement Eliminates Extra Work

This MyCoalition enhancement will eliminate a step of the college process, as students applying to colleges through MyCoalition will no longer have to log in to the College Board website separately to send each college their SAT scores. Plus, if they've been awarded a College Board fee waiver, then they can send their scores to an unlimited number of schools -- even schools that aren't members of the Coalition -- at no cost.

This is a significant change for the better. These upgraded, simplified actions will go live on July 1, less than two weeks from this writing. This marks the first time ever that students will be able to submit their SAT scores and college applications in the same place. This advantage is currently offered only through MyCoalition, not through the Common App.

Annie Reznik, executive director of the Coalition for College notes, "For us at the Coalition, it's about streamlining the college application process for students. With its fee waivers and unlimited score send feature, the College Board is helping to remove barriers for students applying to college, and that aligns with our mission to make college a reality for all students."

It appears that the “governors" of college admissions are finally realizing that it may be the complexity of the college process that is frustrating some students (and let's not forget the parents) from beginning the long road from high school to college. The smallest degree of simplification would be welcome, in my view, and the about-to-be-deployed step by the College Board is indeed a plus.

The College Board has some thoughts about this new initiative, as does its new president Jeremy Singer:

Singer thinks that the College Board, over time since its founding in 1900, introduced what he calls “... 'unnecessary complexity' to many of its programs and processes. An extra requirement here, a point scale change there and too many intentionally tricky questions on the SAT, and all of a sudden first-generation and low-income students are rethinking whether college is really in the cards for them. 'What I felt was imperative is that we boldly reduce that complexity and be an advocate for students more broadly,' Singer says." I can certainly agree with that.

Part of the problem that frustrates first-gens and students from low-income families is the number of discrete components that must be tended while applying to college. For example, take the process of sending SAT scores to colleges. Currently, students have to visit the College Board website separately to send each college their SAT scores. This fall, however, when applicants begin their processes, that step will be eliminated for many students.

The College Board has been working with the Coalition for College Access, a group of 140 colleges and universities, to let students submit their SAT scores and college applications in the same place. The situation with fee waivers is also scheduled for improvement. In case you didn't know about the process to secure fee waivers, here's the background on that:

Fee waivers allow low-income students to request that their fees — on things like college entrance exams and college admissions applications — be excused. In April 2018, a new fee waiver process was rolled out, replacing the “onerous, time-consuming process" that existed before, where students had to request a new fee waiver every time they took the SAT or applied to a new college ...

What the College Board uses now is a “virtual easy pass," Singer explains. Low-income students request a single fee waiver code that stays with them through the duration of their high school experience. The code grants a bevy of benefits, including two free SAT tests, six free subject tests, free unlimited score delivery to colleges and waived application fees to 2,000 participating colleges.

This is a major improvement. It will remove a significant roadblock and frustrations for low-income students applying to multiple colleges.

These changes signal an important trend that should provide encouragement for high schoolers and their families. Finally, the powers that be are making an effort to inject some much-needed common sense into the college application machinery. The past year or so has been a period of upheaval in higher education. The Harvard lawsuit regarding Asian discrimination and the current college admissions bribery scandal, as well as some smaller conflicts, have cast a shadow over applying to college.

The good news is that efforts are being made to counter the discord. The improvements detailed above are quite positive and I predict that they will be enthusiastically embraced. It's about time.

Written by

Dave Berry

Dave Berry

Dave is co-founder of College Confidential and College Karma Consulting, co-author of America's Elite Colleges: The Smart Buyer's Guide to the Ivy League and Other Top Schools, and has over 30 years of experience helping high schoolers gain admission to Ivy League and other ultra-selective schools. He is an expert in the areas application strategies, stats evaluation, college matching, student profile marketing, essays, personality and temperament assessments and web-based admissions counseling. Dave is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and has won national awards for his writing on higher education issues, marketing campaigns and communications programs. He brings this expertise to the discipline of college admissions and his role as a student advocate. His College Quest newspaper page won the Newspaper Association of America's Program Excellence Award, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publisher's Association Newspapers in Education Award, the Thomson Newspapers President's Award for Marketing Excellence and the Inland Press Association-University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Mass Communications Inland Innovation Award for the Best New Page. His pioneering journalism program for teenagers, PRO-TEENS, also received national media attention. In addition, Dave won the Newspaper Association of America's Program Excellence Award for Celebrate Diversity!, a program teaching junior high school students about issues of tolerance. His College Knowledge question-and-answer columns have been published in newspapers throughout the United States. Dave loves Corvettes, classical music, computers, and miniature dachshunds. He and his wife Sharon have a daughter, son and four grandchildren.

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