Coronavirus Survey Data — April 2, 2020
Current college-bound high school seniors and their families are facing unprecedented uncertainty as they attempt to finalize their college plans before National College Decision Day, which traditionally falls on May 1.
We surveyed over 6,500 college-bound high school seniors and their parents to find out how the pandemic is impacting their college decisions. The data reveals several trends that could reshape the fall 2020 college semester, including:
If you're a student or parent struggling to make college decisions during the pandemic, see our special report: College and COVID: 4 Reality Checks for the Fall Semester.
"My parents are going to experience difficulties paying for the extra tuition if something happens to my football scholarship because of a season cancellation. My dad is unemployed and, while my mom has a full-time job, the extra jobs she has been doing have dried up. We aren’t sure what the future holds and it is stressful on my parents because we don’t know if we should have a backup plan." — JP
"My concern is whether the colleges are going to make special accommodations in terms of payments due to COVID-19, because realistically, for people with lower income or single parents that have been laid off, June would be too early to start paying for tuition due to current circumstances." — AH.
"The pandemic has caused me to have harder time applying for scholarships to help pay for college." — T.C.
"Just worried about my parents’ ability to pay due to them being laid off temporarily." — ZL
"I'm worried about my decision to go to college out of state because of the pandemic and I'm also concerned about being able to pay $850 in housing, enrollment and orientation fees." — SH
"I am concerned about moving to campus as someone who lives 5,000 miles away. I don’t want to risk moving on and off campus multiple times." — DM
"I have wanted to leave home for college forever, but I am terrified that this will not end by the time I am supposed to go to college. I have a feeling I am going to have to enroll in a community college for the first year for online because I cannot leave my house." — MM
"I am concerned about my tuition. In-person classes cost more and they are all moved to online now. I feel as if I am being charged more for my classes due to this." — AB
"There needs to be a serious cost reduction if we are not allowed to use the campus's facilities." — WW
"We would all like to know what is going to happen for Fall 2020. Due to the ongoing nature of the virus issue, I understand that the university can't predict it at this time. It does make it harder to pick which classes to register for the upcoming fall semester though." — KF
"I have not received any communication regarding the summer or fall terms, so I have many questions regarding what is going on." — AM
"If we don’t return to campus and we have to do online classes again, I will just unenroll until we return to normal. I don’t want to waste another semester of my full ride on online classes." — CS
"I'm seriously considering delaying my education until we're able to be in a normal classroom or until the school finds a better way to hold regularly scheduled Zoom meetings in place of an in-classroom experience." — EH
"I fear that the recent corona pandemic has affected my ability to work and that of my family to earn money to apply towards my education. I am strongly considering taking a gap year and postponing my education until the Fall of 2021 in an effort to save more to pay up-front rather than incur debt and financial hardship for my family." — EJ
"I was planning on enlisting in the Marine Corps after Fall 2020, this helped with my decision of enlisting beforehand and just finishing my schooling once I serve my first tour." — MS
Based on the results of a nationwide survey conducted by email of 4,534 high school seniors and 2,072 parents of high school seniors between March 27, 2020 and March 30, 2020.
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