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HBCUs with no application fees - where to apply?

Okay, so I'm working on a tight budget and trying to save money wherever I can in the college application process. Can someone drop a list of HBCUs where I won't have to pay an application fee? It'd really help me out!

7 months ago

I understand that keeping costs down during the application process is really important, and I'm glad to hear you're considering HBCUs! Some HBCUs waive application fees at certain times of the year or provide waivers for students with financial need. This list can change from year to year, so it's best to check directly with any college you're interested in for the most up-to-date information.

However, to start you off, historically, certain HBCUs like Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, MO, and Alcorn State University in Mississippi have had periods where they offer no application fee. Another option you might consider is attending college fairs, as some HBCUs give out fee waivers to students who visit their booth. Additionally, if you are a high-achieving student or have demonstrated significant need, you might qualify for fee waivers directly through the universities by reaching out to the admissions office, or via services like the Common Application, if they participate in it.

Lastly, remember that the application fee is just one part of the cost of college. Consider also what financial aid packages are offered, as an application fee could be worth it if the overall package is more affordable in the long run. Do reach out directly to admissions offices—they are generally very helpful and can provide specific guidance on how to navigate their application process affordably. Best of luck with your applications!

7 months ago

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