Budget problems affecting admissions.

The editorial in today’s Cavalier Daily is about the need for Virginia colleges to extend their admissions deadline, due to the budget deadlock in Richmond. They’re dead-on.

The major problem is that while most students will receive offers of admission between now and April 15, a quick turnaround for the majority of schools requires a deposit and enrollment decision by May 1. Financial aid can be a crucial factor in selecting a school, and when colleges, hampered by the state’s fiscal crisis, cannot guarantee a certain amount of money, students are put in a bind.

I hope that colleges will heed this advice, at least providing an option of an extension upon request, if not simply extending the deadline for all applicants until the Republicans in the House of Delegates can extract their head from their collective ass.

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