What kinds of difficulties have surfaced during these challenging economic times?

We have observed more confusion and apprehension among parents and students. Parents are participating more actively in the college admissions process. They are also getting more anxious about costs and admittance. This has resulted to students applying to more colleges, typically a minimum of 8-12 schools, with a certain range of price and selectivity. Additionally, by matching schools to student’s academic and social requirements in the beginning, helps to assure completion in 4 years rather than 5 or 6.  Thereby mitigating the costs associated with extra semesters.