admissions signYes, you read that right.  You can avoid the burdensome requirement of having to fork out money just to complete an application to return to school.  We know it’s for processing, etc., but the thought of college whether online or on-campus causes you to see dollar signs as it is.  Wouldn’t it be refreshing to avoid those application fees altogether?  I was thinking about this the other day as I was researching my “online school options.”  Fortunately, there are a bunch of schools that do offer you the opportunity to apply online without having to worry about application fees.  Check out this list that I found floating around.  Keep in mind some of these colleges may not offer online education.

Colleges with no application fees when applying online

  • York College of Pennsylvania
  • Wesleyan College (GA)
  • Wellesley College
  • United States Coast Guard Academy
  • Trinity College of Florida
  • Touro College
  • St. Ambrose University
  • Spring Arbor University
  • Sierra Nevada College
  • Roanoke College
  • Purdue University
  • Polytechnic University
  • Oakland University
  • Northwestern College
  • Neumann University
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Mississippi College
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Manhattanville College
  • Furman University
  • Drexel University
  • Drake University
  • Concordia College
  • Brandeis University
  • Barclay College

I am sure there are more colleges and universities out there that have no application fees when applying online.  If you know of any, please feel free to add them to this list.

Why do colleges and universities charge application fees anyways?  Is it really necessary?  Well, according to Nic Lino over at,  it is:

  • Because they can!  Wow, really?   I guess the bigger college and universities that bring in the dough every year feel that students who really want to get into their college or university do not mind paying those fees.  In some cases this definitely makes sense but sometimes I feel like all they want is your money and they will figure out ways including the application process to get it from you.  Welcome to college life!
  • The fees cover costs!  Okay, so we know that there are staffed people within every college and university that has to weed out those who wouldn’t be a pefect fit.  It’s a tedious job I am sure but someone has to do it.
  • I like this one, to “Weed out  Tire Kickers.”  “If the application process was free there would be many, many  more applications at every school in the country.  It would become too costly to run an admissions program.”

Though these may all be legitimate reasons to charge an application fee, I am so glad there are college and universities out there that offer you the chance to apply online without the hassles of application fees.  I guess if they didn’t have application fees then the process in general wouldn’t work.

What is the most you have ever paid or seen for an application fee?  I have seen as high as $60 at some schools which is outrageous to me.  If they want to charge money it should at least be $5-$10 most, right?  I know, it’s not going to happen but adding to those college costs, you really feel those money weights take a toll.  Scholarships sound great about now don’t they?  To see if you qualify check out the Financial Aid section of

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