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Family Finance: Saving on college application fees


College application season is well under way. If your son or daughter is applying to several schools, you might have to fork over some serious cash before they even get their acceptance letter.

U.S. World News and World Report conducted a survey of more than 1,000 schools and found the average cost to apply is about $38 - the highest average in the past five years. Some Ivy League schools charge as much as $90 per application, but luckily prices aren't quite that steep everywhere. The University of Georgia charges $60 to apply, and Savannah State University only charges $20.

Although costs can add up, there is some relief in sight. The National Association for College Admission Counseling offers waiver forms to eligible students. Students are eligible to use the form if:

  • Student has received or is eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver.
  • Student is enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
  • Student's annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
  • Student is enrolled in a federal, state or local program that aids student from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
  • Student's family receives public assistance.
  • Student lives in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or is homeless.
  • Student is a ward of the state or an orphan.

All you have to do is fill out the form, and get it signed by a guidance counselor.

Experts add that another way to get those application fees waived is to attend college career fairs. Next Friday, the Georgia Education Articulation Committee will host one at the Bradwell Institute in Hinesville. More than 100 colleges will be represented.

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