In an effort to help low-income high school seniors apply for SUNY colleges, the chancellor announced that they would be eliminating application fees. This means a single student can apply to up to seven SUNY schools and in turn, save three hundred fifty dollars in application fees.

According to News 10 ABC, beginning today (March 1st), those high school seniors who come from low-income households and apply to SUNY colleges. This will save these seniors hundreds of dollars. I remember when I applied to colleges, I wasn't able to apply to many because I couldn't afford the application fees. I love this idea so that seniors are deterred from applying. The requirements are that students who financially are getting free or reduced-price lunch programs, their household income doesn't exceed the federal poverty guidelines, or are from foster families.

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Because of the waived application fees for low-income students, the hope is that they feel more comfortable applying for many SUNY schools. In the past, because of the many steps, it used to require, only fifty percent would take advantage of the program.

With this updated program, students do not need to file additional paperwork or waiver applications. There are an estimated one hundred ten thousand high school seniors that would be eligible for the SUNY application fee waiver. The process is so much easier too. There is an electronic check box that the student or their counselor clicks when they send their transcripts with their application.

For more information on the SUNY application waiver program, click HERE.

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