How to Save on Application Fees

on October 25, 2016

It’s no secret that paying for college can be pricy. But you may be surprised to learn that just applying for admission to college can be costly as well. Use these tips to cut down application costs and make your transition to college as smooth as possible!

Narrow down your college list. Did you know that college application fees typically range from $50 to $100? The more colleges you apply to, the more money you will be spending on application fees. For that reason, it’s important to narrow down the list of colleges before you start applying for admission. Make sure the colleges hit absolutely everything on your list – location, academic programs, feel of the campus and anything else that may be important to you. Do not waste money applying to a college that doesn’t have the potential to be a perfect fit.

Apply during certain time periods. Pay close attention to the application deadlines. Some colleges waive application fees for students who apply for early admission. Certain states, such as Michigan and North Carolina, recognize College Application Week. During this time, colleges in these states may waive their application fees. Ask your colleges whether they participate in College Application Week!

Choose your early admissions college carefully. Apply for early action to a match school, instead of a reach school.  This will increase the odds of your getting in early, eliminating the need to apply to a safety school (other than a financial aid safety school). Not only will this eliminate a ton of application fees, but it will also reduce your stress because you will know that you got into at least one good college.

Perform well on the ACT and SAT. Prepare for the ACT and SAT as much as possible – there is free help for that as well. Some colleges will send recruitment letters waiving application fees to students who perform well on admissions tests. Keep an eye on your mailbox! If you do well the first time you take an admissions test, you won’t have to retake it to improve your test scores.

Request a fee waiver. If you have registered and taken the SAT using a fee waiver, you are automatically eligible to receive four free college application waivers. You still have other options if you did not use a SAT fee waiver. There are fields on certain applications that help you to determine if you are eligible for a fee waiver. If neither of these approaches work, ask for help from your counselor. You can also call the college in question to see if you qualify for an application fee waiver.

Use the Cappex Application. Did you know that Cappex offers its own application? It is a streamlined application that allows you to apply to participating colleges for free, no matter how many applications you submit. You can apply to more than 60 colleges using the Cappex Application. The colleges have agreed to treat it just like any other application they receive! Get started now!

Don’t let the cost of college applications stop you from applying to your dream school! 

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