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George Washington University apologizes for misrepresenting admissions decisions

12:44 PM, Oct 23, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - George Washington University is apologizing for misrepresenting how it considers financial need in admissions decisions.

The school said until a few days ago that requests for financial aid don't affect admissions decisions. It now says that it considers some applicants' financial need in the final stages of choosing its incoming class. The university issued a statement Tuesday apologizing for not clearly communicating how it factors need into its decisions.

The school's associate provost for enrollment management, Laurie Koehler, says the school first reviews applications without considering financial need. The office does consider need in some cases in a final review, she said. Koehler said the "need-aware" policy affects roughly 10 percent of the 22,000 prospective students who apply each year.

The story was first reported by the school's student newspaper.

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