Most Expensive College Application Fees

on March 22, 2017

Not only is applying for college admission a huge time commitment, but it’s also a big financial commitment. College application fees can be as high as $150. If you apply to too many colleges, the application fees can add thousands of dollars in extra costs. Moreover, you can’t use college savings plans to pay for the application fees, since they occur before enrollment.

 

School counselors and teachers often advise college-bound students to apply to multiple colleges – a reach school, a couple match schools and a safety school or two. And, while that method is certainly smart – you don’t want to apply to only one college and not get in – the cost of the college application fees can be pretty steep. You might apply to 5 colleges and wind up paying $300 or $400!

 

Why are the application fees so high? It could be to dissuade people who aren’t seriously interested in the college from applying. These application fees like a mini-investment in the college. If you’re definitely not going to go to the school, why pay $75 to apply? Whereas, if you do pay the application fee, get accepted and enroll in the college, the application fee seems like a great investment.

 

The colleges with the highest application fees are all music schools. They include Berklee College of Music ($150), Curtis Institute of Music ($150), New England Conservatory of Music ($115), Boston Conservatory ($110), Cleveland Institute of Music ($110), Juilliard School ($110) and San Francisco Conservatory of Music ($110).

 

Next are 42 colleges and universities with the most expensive application fees. Is one of your top colleges on this list? What price is too large to pay for an application?

  1. Stanford University
    Application fee: $90
  2. Columbia University
    Application fee: $85
  3. Duke University
    Application fee: $85
  4. Boston University
    Application fee: $80
  5. Dartmouth College
    Application fee: $80
  6. Villanova University
    Application fee: $80
  7. University of Southern California
    Application fee: $80
  8. Cornell University
    Application fee: $80
  9. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Application fee: $80
  10. University of Connecticut
    Application fee: $80
  11. Yale University
    Application fee: $80
  12. Amridge University
    Application fee: $75
  13. Babson College
    Application fee: $75
  14. Boston College
    Application fee: $75
  15. Brandeis University
    Application fee: $75
  16. Brown University
    Application fee: $75
  17. California Institute of Technology
    Application fee: $75
  18. Carnegie Mellon University
    Application fee: $75
  19. College of New Jersey
    Application fee: $75
  20. Cooper Union
    Application fee: $75
  21. Emory University
    Application fee: $75
  22. George Washington University
    Application fee: $75
  23. Georgetown University
    Application fee: $75
  24. Georgia Institute of Technology
    Application fee: $75
  25. Harvard University
    Application fee: $75
  26. Kean University
    Application fee: $75
  27. Landmark College
    Application fee: $75
  28. Manhattanville College
    Application fee: $75
  29. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Application fee: $75
  30. Northeastern University
    Application fee: $75
  31. Northwestern University
    Application fee: $75
  32. Rice University
    Application fee: $75
  33. Syracuse University
    Application fee: $75
  34. Tufts University
    Application fee: $75
  35. University of Chicago
    Application fee: $75
  36. University of Delaware
    Application fee: $75
  37. University of Massachusetts – Amherst
    Application fee: $75
  38. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
    Application fee: $75
  39. University of Notre Dame
    Application fee: $75
  40. University of Pennsylvania
    Application fee: $75
  41. University of Texas at Austin
    Application fee: $75
  42. Washington University in St. Louis
    Application fee: $75

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