Application Costs & Waivers

Application Costs

College application fees are required for most applications.  But reduced fees and fee waivers may be available.


College application fees are a sometimes overlooked expense that can stress your budget if you apply to many schools.  College application costs range from $35 to 75, or more, per college.

There are exceptions. Some examples of colleges application offers include:

  • Reduced application fees to students completing their applications online
  • Free online application
  • Application fee waiver for students who attended various on-campus admissions programs

Check with the colleges where you plan to apply.

Application Cost Waivers

Don't let application costs get in your way of applying to the colleges of your choice.  If you have trouble affording the fees, you may be eligible for fee waivers. 

College Board provides a list of colleges that may waive application fees for students who have received an SAT program fee waiver.

Some colleges may waive your fee if you're eligible for free or reduced-fee lunches, or if your family's income is below a certain limit.  Check with the colleges to wich you are applying and with your high school counselor.