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Free Application Colleges?

Just trying to save money wherever possible. Does anyone know of any good colleges that don't charge an application fee? Or any tips on seeking out fee waivers?

7 days ago

Certainly! There are several colleges across the United States that don't charge an application fee. Some of these include:

- Case Western Reserve University

- Carleton College

- Tulane University

- Grinnell College

- Reed College

- Kenyon College

- Wellesley College

- Union College

As a general guideline, you'll find that numerous smaller colleges, particularly those not within the top ranks, regularly do not charge application fees in order to motivate more students to apply.

Turning to fee waivers, there are multiple ways to obtain them. If you're applying via the Common Application, they have a fee waiver request that's built into the application system, which requires your school counselor’s sign-off. You're eligible if you meet certain criteria, which can include being eligible for the Free or Reduced Price Lunch program, being enrolled in a TRIO program, or other factors that demonstrate financial need.

If you're not applying through Common App, or your chosen colleges aren't on it, you can still request a fee waiver directly from the colleges themselves. Every college has a different policy, so you'll need to reach out to the admissions office or check their website. Be prepared to provide proof of financial hardship, like an approval for free/reduced lunch, an SAT/ACT fee waiver, or a statement of your family's income.

Lastly, if you've been working with a local nonprofit or community-based organization for college admissions counseling, they can also typically provide you with a fee waiver.

Good luck with your applications! Remember, the most important thing is to find a school that is a good fit for you academically, socially, and financially.

7 days ago

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