On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Elizabeth Heaton goes over the nuts and bolts of submitting an application, whether it’s possible to receive in-state tuition as an out-of-state student at a public university, and when to update colleges with new information.

Submitting College Applications

Are you ready to submit your college applications but haven’t hit the submit button yet? Elyse Krantz, former Barnard admissions officer, joins Beth to discuss what to do before and after submitting those applications. They walk listeners through some of the quirks to look for both with specific colleges and the application platform your student may be using to apply. They also encourage seniors to get their applications in before the deadline – do not wait until submission day!

Out-of-State Student, In-State Tuition

Kathy Ruby, former financial aid officer at St. Olaf College, speaks with Beth about the possibility of paying in-state tuition at a public university as an out-of-state student. Kathy explains what domicile is and the rules that typically surround that concept. The big take away is that you will need to research residency requirements at schools of interest to find out if there is a path to domicile for your student. There can also be other ways of getting a discount at some public universities like merit scholarships and regional tuition reciprocity programs. There is a lot of detail in this segment because domicile rules, merit scholarship, and reciprocity programs vary. This is a must listen for students interested in attending a public university as an out-of-state student.

Updating Colleges After Submitting Your Application

Lauren Randle, former admissions officer at Georgetown University, and Beth dig into when it is appropriate, and not appropriate, to update colleges. Sometimes, despite your best effort to edit, you may discover a typo or error after you submit your application. Other times you may have new information to share. Lauren and Beth help listeners sort through the different types of changes students may want to make to their submitted application. They also share great advice for students who received a deferral on their early application.

On the next episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, guest host Ian Fisher explores preparing for group or faculty interviews, making New Year’s resolutions, and using a Roth IRA to pay for college.


Written by Lauren DiProspero
Lauren DiProspero is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Lauren worked as an admissions officer at Stanford Medicine and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Visit our website to learn more about Lauren DiProspero.