Provisional Admission & Acceptance

Dear College Made Simple reader,

When is an acceptance letter not an acceptance letter?

When it’s provisional.

Some schools are practicing something new called provisional admission, and it’s just what it sounds like.

Let’s take a look at just what provisional admissions means – and what it can mean for you.

– Scott

Making a Provisional Admissions Program Work for You

In most cases, provisional acceptance is based upon what you do with the remainder of your senior year.

California state schools, for instance, require you maintain at least a 3.0 GPA through your senior year, without any D’s or F’s.

Generally speaking, colleges don’t want you succumbing to senioritis – and, consequently, bringing down their rating when your final stats are tallied.

That said, provisional acceptances are close to a sure thing – you just need to maintain the things that got you to this point: Keeping grades and attendance up, for starters.

But what if something happens that could affect your provisional admission?

Colleges may be lenient in the case of unforeseen events – major illnesses or a death in the family, for instance. If you’ve got extenuating circumstances, you can make a strong case for yourself.

For those who do cross the line and lose their acceptance, provisional acceptance offers are usually rescinded in July or August – after all other acceptances are closed.

So, not only would you lose your top choice of schools – you’d have lost every backup as well.

Keep up the good work, and the provisional admission can be a great thing, especially if you get a provisional letter of admission during your junior year of high school.

To find out if the college or university you’re interested in offers some type of provisional admission, simply contact their admissions office.

To your college admissions success,

Scott Weingold

Co-Founder, College Planning Network LLC

Publisher, – The free educational resource of College Planning Network

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Editor's Note: Scott Weingold has been ranked the #1 “College Financial Aid Expert Worth Knowing About” in the entire country by  He has co-authored the book, “The Real Secret To Paying For College. The Insider’s Guide To Sending Your Child To College – Without Spending Your Life’s Savings.” Scott also publishes a popular free online newsletter, “College Funding Made Simple" which reveals insider’s tips, methods, and strategies for beating the high cost of college.

Scott is the co-founder and a principal of the widely renown College Planning Network, LLC – the nation’s largest and most reputable college admissions and financial aid planning firm. CPN is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, the National Association of College Funding Advisors, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Scott, along with his college funding advisory team, helps thousands of families throughout the country with their college planning needs and offers a series of free educational webinars and workshops on “How To Pay For College Without Going Broke In The Process!” He's been featured or mentioned in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Yahoo News,, Voice America with Ron Adams, Crains Cleveland Business, and on Cleveland Connection with James McIntyre.  Scott has published numerous articles and is a professional speaker who has addressed thousands of audiences online and offline throughout the United States.  His actionable insights and candid, open approach have earned him & his team numerous media interviews, citations, and speaking opportunities, and his free online video workshop is one of the Internet’s most widely viewed pieces in the college funding space.