Several CT universities will waive application fees on November 15


Connecticut high school students applying to the University of Connecticut and state universities will not have to pay the application fee on Tuesday, November 15.

For the second year in a row, UConn and the Connecticut State College and University System will participate in Fee-Free Application Day, an initiative that aims to reduce barriers to higher education.

The Connecticut General Assembly introduced legislation in 2021 requiring schools to waive admission fees for high school students who have completed free application forms for federal student aid.

The Connecticut State College and University System consists of 12 community colleges, Charter Oak State College, and four universities: Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University, and Western Connecticut State University.

UConn will waive the $80 undergraduate application fee for all Connecticut high school students who submit applications that day, a UConn official said in a press release. Some applicants may waive fees if eligible; however, the initiative applies to CT high school students at any income level, according to the release.

Vern Granger, director of undergraduate admissions at UConn, said in the press release that the initiative could help applicants who are not eligible for waivers and cannot apply to UConn due to the cost of the application fee. .

Anyone who applies to one of the four state universities on Nov. 15 will not have to pay fees, a spokesperson for the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education announced. Admission fees for these universities are $50.

Central Connecticut State University is offering free applications Nov. 15-30.

The average cost of college application fees in 2021 was $45, according to US News and World Report. But these costs can add up as students are encouraged to apply to five to eight colleges for high chances of acceptance.


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