For many college admission offices one of the hardest parts in the admissions cycle is just now beginning. Over the next three months, 20 percent of incoming freshman will succumb to “summer melt” – the failure to enroll in college after high school graduation even though they paid the initial deposit to attend on May 1. Here are five things you need to be aware of when dealing with summer melt.

Lack of financial aid is responsible for half of summer melt. A number of students each year fail to file for the FAFSA in time to meet their individual schools priority deadline and as a result “miss out on some types of aid and receive their aid packages and award letters later in the summer. A substantial number of low-income students are also flagged for the verification process, which can further delay the financial aid timeline.”

Prospective community college students are most at risk. According to Ben Castleman, assistant professor of education and public policy at the University of Virginia and author of — “