How Does a Gap Year Potentially Affect Merit Aid?

By Michaela December 30, 2020 College Application Covid-19 Gap Year Paying for College Press

This year, more students than ever before are looking into the idea of a gap year. Traditionally, gap years have been utilized as a time for students to gain world experience before entering their college path. Gap years are not time for students to defer a year of college to do nothing. 

But this year has certainly not followed the traditional path, and that includes the policies on gap years. 

Students and their families often wonder, “How are these experiences viewed by colleges?” And they’re right to ask this question in advance. Every college has a different policy on how they view gap years. Viewing your potential gap year from the college perspective is essential before proceeding forward with making any plans, because the wrong move could cost thousands of dollars in the end.

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