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Online or In Person, No Easy Course for Colleges in the Fall

In the college admissions field it is known as the “summer melt” —  prospective students who commit to attend a college or university and then don’t matriculate in the fall. Admissions officials fear this year’s melt could be a torrent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will exacerbate what has become a historically difficult year for the state’s college and universities.

“This is unprecedented … surreal,” said George S. Synodi, the University of New Haven’s vice-president for finance and administration. 

The uncertainty about college in the fall is a huge nuisance for parents and students, but it could be much worse for the colleges, which have already lost millions of dollars following the March shutdown.

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