As of December 2015, the average cost per college application is $41. The typical student applies to 5-8 different colleges. Therefore, on average, students spend between $200 and $330 JUST on submitting college applications, not including the cost to send test reports. How can you avoid breaking the bank when applying for college?
- Don't apply to schools you don't really want to go to! If you're sending in applications to schools you wouldn't dream of attending, all you're doing is wasting time and money.
- Create a list of colleges you DO want to go to. The PrepScholar suggests that students have a list that includes : 2-3 colleges that are the least likely to offer you admission ("Reach Schools"), 2-3 colleges that you have a good chance of being accepted to ("Target Schools"), and 2 schools you're almost guaranteed to be accepted to ("Safety Schools"). Click here to download our college application organizer.
- Keep on the lookout for discounted/waived application fees. Most states have a "Free College Application Week" during which students can apply to select state schools with no fees.
When it comes time for you to submit your college applications, keep these tips in mind to stay within your budget!