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Is a Request for More Finaid Info a Sign of Good News Ahead?

Sally Rubenstone
Written by Sally Rubenstone | Feb. 5, 2005

Question: My daughter applied Early Action to Yale and was deferred. This week (early Feb.) the College Board notified her that Yale has requested additional CSS PROFILE information. Does that mean she will be accepted or am I reading too much into this?

We know how tempting it is to look for all signs of encouragement as you wade through the college-admissions quagmire, but the request for additional PROFILE information does not mean that your daughter should start packing for New Haven just yet. She may indeed be admitted in April, but at present she's merely under consideration. Yale admission is "need-blind." That is, the admission officials who determine whether a student is in or out are doing so without any details about the applicant's financial status. However, at the same time that these folks are making their decisions, the financial aid staff is weeding through stacks of finaid applications to make sure all data is complete. One hand is not working in concert with the other at this point.

We wish we could be the bearers of good news, but hopefully that will still come in April. Let us know how your daughter makes out.

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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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