Tampa, Florida -- High schoolers trying to apply to colleges here in the Bay area and around the country hit a snag. That's because one of things that should make applying easier -- is doing the opposite.
The so-called "Common App" used by hundreds of universities, including more than a dozen Florida schools, is now online-only and rife with technical glitches like log-in errors, lagging credit card payments and delayed applications.
The common application was designed to let students apply to multiple schools by filling out a single application and the deadline is fast approaching.
This year, the Common App retired its paper version and went exclusively online and that's when the problems began.
Colleges like the University of Tampa have been extending application deadlines due to the website problems. UT is extending the Nov. 1 deadline by two weeks.
A spokeswoman for Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota says most of their programs have rolling admissions and will review applications as they get them.
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