Carmel, Ind.- For many high school seniors this time of year is filled with college applications.
Colleges across the country are seeing record enrollments, and that’s changing the application process.
Many schools are pushing up application deadlines in an effort to let students know earlier if they’re accepted or not.
Butler University delivered its first acceptance letter of the year live on Fox 59 Morning News on Wednesday, October 26.
IU and Purdue are both accepting students already as well.
University leaders say moving up application deadlines allows colleges to gauge a student’s interest and needs earlier in the process.
New this year, families can apply for federal aid earlier than ever.
Previously you had to wait until January to file a FASFA, but this the application opened at the beginning of October.
This change allows schools to give families a complete financial aid package months earlier than in the past.
“That gives the family detailed information on what it will cost them, and longer to decide that before that May 1 national candidate reply date,” said Melissa Smurdon, director of financial aid at Butler University.
With the FASFA opening up earlier, families are using tax income from the previous year to fill out the application.
If you’re family has seen major changes since the last time you filed taxes, be sure alert any school you apply to as this could impact your financial aid package.