College Application Fees: What You Need to Know

on January 26, 2017

Before setting foot on campus, there is often a cost associated with the journey to college: application fees. Before picking a college or university, check these best practices to make sure you’re getting the most out of the admissions process. After all, it could save you about $50 to $100 per application.


1. When evaluating which colleges you want to apply to, make a list of institutions that charge application fees. This way, you can keep track of colleges and universities that impose fees and whether it’s free to apply online.


2. Traditional applications — meaning those submitted on paper through the mail — typically carry a fee. Virtual applications — meaning those submitted online — sometimes do not. Always check to see if you can apply to a college or university online; it could end up saving you money.


3. According to data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the average college application fee was $44 in 2015. Stanford University charged the most for admissions applications at $90 among all 1,924 four-year colleges that reported information.


4. If you must submit a traditional application to a college or university, you’re most likely to pay $25-$75.


5. If you can’t afford to apply to college, don’t fret. Most institutions will waive application fees for students who meet certain financial requirements.


6. Some schools are doing away with application fees because it could hinder the pool of students who apply. Allowing for a free admissions process can help foster a more diverse base of students.

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