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NACAC Update: COVID-19

(Updated April 28, 2020) — NACAC is closely monitoring the evolving news about the coronavirus (COVID-19). See below for:

Top News
Coronavirus and College Admission
Updates on NACAC College Fairs and Conferences
Information from Related Organizations
Factors Affecting the College Admission Process
Other Impacts
Additional Resources


Top News

  • The FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) remains open until June 30, 2020. Any student or family who has not yet completed a FAFSA may still do so. Note: For those who have completed a FAFSA, and whose financial circumstances have changed considerably, we encourage you to reach out to your institution’s financial aid office. Financial aid administrators are afforded a degree of professional judgment under the law for state and federal aid, as well as for institutional aid, and can work with students and families whose incomes have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The NCAA announced several changes to initial eligibility requirements for incoming freshman student-athletes. These alternate standards include, in certain circumstances, the waiving of standardized test scores and senior year coursework. The changes, a response to disruptions caused at high schools nationwide due to the COVID-19 crisis, apply to both Division I and Division II athletes for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year. For more information, see NACAC's webinar in partnership with the NCAA.

  • The June 6 SATs have been canceled. Beginning in August, the SAT will be given every month through the end of the year: Aug. 29, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5. Students can begin registering in May.

  • The AP exams will be given online on the same day at the same time worldwide. Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to. Exams will be given from May 11 through May 22. See the full AP exam schedule. 

Coronavirus and College Admission

All of NACAC's coronavirus-related tools and resources are now collected in one place called "Coronavirus and College Admission." Use the page as a jumping off point to access dozens of free webinars, Twitter chats, the College Admission Status Update 2.0 tracking tool, and more.


Updates on NACAC College Fairs and Conferences

National College Fairs

Due to coronavirus health and safety concerns, all remaining Spring 2020 college fairs have been canceled. This includes National College Fairs and STEM College and Career Fairs. Full credit information has been provided to exhibitors affected by this cancellation. Please contact NACAC's customer service department if you have any questions. At present, NACAC plans to kick off the Fall 2020 season of college fairs on Sept. 10. A total of 55 college fairs are planned for fall. We look forward to your participation.

2020 Guiding the Way to Inclusion (GWI) Conference

Registration for the 2020 Guiding the Way to Inclusion (GWI) conference is now open. Please view our Message About the Coronavirus and Upcoming NACAC Conferences.

2020 NACAC National Conference

Registration for the 2020 NACAC National Conference is now open. Please view our Message About the Coronavirus and Upcoming NACAC Conferences.

Affiliate Conferences

Many of NACAC's 23 affiliate organizations hold annual conferences. Check the affiliates webpage for information on rescheduled or canceled events.


Information from Related Organizations


Factors Affecting the College Admission Process

NACAC encourages flexibility with deposit and decision deadlines and other admission-related issues that are impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Open communication between counselors and admission officers about disruptions and possible accommodations is encouraged. 

School Closures

  • Secondary Schools. School closures may impact the ability of students, teachers, and counselors to complete work, submit transcripts, or send recommendation letters required for college admission. Education Week is tracking public school districts that are closed. Many, but not all, closed schools are moving to online instruction.

  • Colleges and Universities. Colleges may be closed to students and/or closed to campus visits. Admission events that usually occur at this time—such as campus tours, information sessions, and open house events for admitted students—may be canceled or moved online. The current crisis will likely also impact orientation events usually held on campuses for incoming freshman. Bryan Alexander at Georgetown University is crowdsourcing a list of colleges and universities that are closed or offering courses online only. 

  • Study Abroad Programs. The Centers for Disease Control issued recommendations that institutions of higher education cancel or postpone foreign exchange or study abroad programs. See this list of study abroad programs canceled or altered for Spring 2020.

College Applications

  • The Common App provides information regarding disruptions such as the coronavirus. If you are impacted, you can reach Common App's dedicated support team via email. Fee waivers may be available if you are facing unexpected loss. Students who are having difficulty sending official test scores also have the option of sending self-reported scores to colleges.

Financial Aid

  • FAFSA. The FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) remains open until June 30, 2020. Any student or family who has not yet completed a FAFSA may still do so. 
    • Note: For those who have completed a FAFSA, and whose financial circumstances have changed considerably, we encourage you to reach out to your institution’s financial aid office. Financial aid administrators are afforded a degree of professional judgment under the law for state and federal aid, as well as for institutional aid, and can work with students and families whose incomes have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Student Loans and Federal Financial Aid
    • The Federal Student Aid's website has a helpful page called "Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents." It provides answers to frequent questions about the suspension of federal student loan payments, such as whether students can keep financial aid if their campus is closed, for example, and the timing for 0% interest.
    • It is important for student borrowers to contact their loan servicers (such as Navient, Nelnet, FedLoan Servicing, or Great Lakes) over the phone or online to determine the necessary steps to take. Your assigned loan servicer can be found by logging into studentaid.gov.
    • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also has information about avoiding scams associated with student loans.

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 Other Impacts


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About NACAC

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 15,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the association's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.

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