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Wait List – somewhere between being accepted and being rejected, students who are waitlisted are informed that a final decision on their application will be delayed — usually until much later in the year when the school has an idea of how many of its accepted students will accept their offer and attend. Being waitlisted means you do not quite have the qualifications the school is seeking, and while there are some strategies for moving off the list and being accepted, it is also important to review the offers from schools that accept you outright.

Work-Study – a Federal program that allows students to work part-time during the school year as part of their financial aid package. The jobs are usually on campus and the money earned is used to pay tuition or other college expenses. Work-study is awarded to students based on financial need.