When it comes to applying for colleges, many of our high school seniors often report that they have difficulties paying for the various application fees that many colleges and universities require during their already-pricey admissions processes. And while it is true that some students can apply for fee waivers in order to reduce and/or eliminate some of these added expenses, the fact remains that many of students have to spend their precious time and energy dealing with application fees – as if they already did not have enough to worry about during the college application process!

But now, thanks to a partnership between the City University of New York (CUNY) and the DOE, applying for college just got a bit easier for many of the City’s high school seniors.

Starting this fall, CUNY’s application fee (currently $65) will be eliminated for the City’s low-income high school seniors. Now, an estimated 37,500 high school seniors (up from 6,500 in prior years) will be able to complete and submit CUNY college applications, free of charge. Each CUNY application allows a student to list up to six CUNY schools that he/she would like to attend, and currently, about half of the City’s college-bound high school seniors enroll in CUNY colleges.

Eligible students will receive fee waiver codes for their CUNY applications from their school’s administrators and guidance counselors. Additionally, administrators and counselors will receive specific instructions this fall to ensure that students and their families are aware of the expanded CUNY fee waivers.

Among the students eligible for the waivers include:

  • Students who are already eligible for either free or reduced-price lunch;
  • Those who live in federally-subsidized public housing;
  • Residents of foster homes and shelters;
  • Students whose families receive public assistance; and
  • Undocumented students who also fit the above criteria.

These application waivers are part of the DOE’s College Access for All initiative, which aims to ensure that every City student graduates from high school with an individualized college and career plan by the 2018-19 school year. For more information about College Access for All and the DOE’s other Equity & Excellence for All initiatives, visit our website.




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