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Fee-Free College Application Trend Gaining Traction

While it’s unquestionably true that getting a college education pays off, getting that degree can be expensive. As institutions take steps to increase college enrollment rates for adult students, mindful of the need to ensure student diversity by increasing access to college, many are acknowledging the realities of being an adult student today by making changes that lessen the expense of attending college.

One such change that’s gaining momentum throughout the country is the removal of fees from the application process. With application fees as high as $90, low-income students can be dissuaded from applying to a college. While most institutions do offer fee waivers for students who meet certain qualifications, many students might not believe that they’d qualify and so would forgo the application process.

Today, more institutions, such as the City University of New York, Bowdoin College and Trinity College of Connecticut, are offering waivers for which more students could qualify and are doing away with waiver forms entirely.   

To read Inside Higher Ed’s full coverage of this trend, click here.


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