Tuesday, August 20, 2013

High Cost of Test Optional... show me the money?

So all the hubbub about so-called "Test Optional" colleges and universities has me thinking. How do they determine financial aid and academic scholarships?

Is it possible that "Test Optional" is a just a marketing gimmick?  I've looked at the list and suspect two things:

1) Most test optional schools charge over $50,000/year in tuition. They get their name on the list so more and more students look at them. They are small, fairly rich liberal arts schools that want students to pay a high tuition for the privilege of NOT taking the SAT.

2) The schools that are not expensive are NOT name brand big schools with great programs. So I conclude they have the same motives as the group in #1.

Just thinking... I could be wrong.