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College Costs Got You Worried? No Fear!

It’s College Application Week! If a student hasn’t submitted an application already, now is the time to do so. One common reason why students don’t apply to college is cost. They are concerned about the cost of going to a school or they are concerned about the cost of applying to a school as some colleges charge an application fee. It is important to keep in mind though, that in the vast majority of cases no student pays the “sticker price”, which is what a college looks like it will cost before financial aid has been applied. Therefore, it is a good idea for students to apply to colleges they are interested in and then make the decision about whether they will attend a college in the spring after they have received information about their financial aid package and any scholarships they qualify for.  If a student is concerned about the fee for applying to a college, application fee waivers are available to students who qualify for free/reduced lunch, are eligible for an ACT waiver, receive public assistance, are experiencing financial hardship (example: their parent lost a job), etc. Students can talk to their counselor or college adviser about getting a fee waiver.  During College Application Week, some schools are also waiving the application fee for all students making it FREE to apply from November 3-7. A complete list of application costs and which colleges are waiving their fees during College Application Week can be found here: https://michigancollegeaccessnetwork.app.box.com/s/emhrbtf885g04kba3p7y