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Cutting Down the Cost of Applying to College

October 22, 2012
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Even applying for college can be expensive. The average student applies to eight colleges. The average cost of an application is $40.

There are ways to lower the cost. One is to go to college fairs. Some colleges will waive the application fee for students who show interest in going to the college.

If you visit a school, ask the admissions person about waiving the fee.

Ask about a reduced or free application if:

  • You have a family member who went to the school
  • Apply for early admission
  • Apply online
  • Have high SAT or ACT test scores
  • Live in public housing

Families with low incomes can get a waiver form from nacacnet.org/studentinfo/feewaiver.

Take the time to talk to your guidance counselor about how you may be able to reduce the cost of college.

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