Free College Applications








Free in special cases

Free for certain programs
  • Bridgewater State College – Joint Admissions program with Massachusetts Community Colleges
  • DePaul University – community college dual admissions
  • Everglades University – graduates of Keiser College
  • Henry Cogswell College – transfer students who earned/will earn WSCC Associate's before entrance
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Robert E. Cook Honors College applicants
  • Marist College – Bridge Program applicants
  • Meredith College – graduate school applicants only
  • Michigan, University of – College of Pharmacy's Medicinal Chemistry program, if U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Salem State College – Joint Admissions program with Massachusetts Community Colleges
  • Simmons College – free for Dix Scholars
  • St. John Fisher College – New York State HEOP applicants
  • Vanderbilt University – Peabody College only, for education and human development programs
Free for high-credential applicants

If no requirements are noted, you will likely be notified by the college if you are eligible for a preferred applicant waiver. An easy way to let a college know about your credentials is to sign up for their mailing list. This often results in students being sent application fee waivers — do not wait for them to find you on their own!

  • Adelphi University
  • Brandeis University
  • Fontbonne University
  • Fordham University – must apply on-line before a certain date
  • Glenville State College – must have minimum GPA of 3.5/4.0 or meet minimum ACT/SAT score requirements
  • Goucher College – Maryland Distinguished Scholars and academic or talent Finalists or Semi-Finalists (no Honorable Mention)
  • Hampden-Sydney College – Gold Crest applicants (selected by college)
  • Hartford, University of
  • Hofstra University
  • Howard University – National Achievement Semifinalists and above
  • Indiana State University – Phi Theta Kappa members who attend a special Phi Theta Kappa open house
  • King's College – Phi Theta Kappa members who enter the word "transfer" (no quotations, lowercase) into the "Name on Credit Card" field when applying on-line
  • Knox College
  • Maryland, University of – see list
  • Maryland-Baltimore County, University of – Phi Theta Kappa members
  • Maryland-Baltimore County at Shady Grove, University of – Phi Theta Kappa members
  • Mills College
  • Mount Ida College – will be mailed "Quick Application" and receive $1,000 grant
  • Mount Saint Mary's University – Phi Theta Kappa members
  • Northern Colorado, University of – certain GPA and test scores
  • Northwestern University
  • Oklahoma Baptist University – Phi Theta Kappa members
  • Salisbury University – Phi Theta Kappa members
  • Santa Clara University
  • South Carolina, University of – see list
  • St. John Fisher College – Phi Theta Kappa members
  • Texas Christian University – Phi Theta Kappa members
  • Tulane University
  • Villa Julie College – NMS, NAS, National Hispanic, NHS, Phi Theta Kappa members, and MD Distinguished Scholars
  • Wells College – Phi Theta Kappa members
Free for Early Action applicants
  • Bellarmine University
  • Hellenic College
Free for veterans
  • Bryant & Stratton College
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Roger Williams University
  • Southern New Hampshire University – Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard
  • Wayne State University
Free for certain other applicants
  • Amherst College – free for students invited to the Students of Color Open House (SOCOH)
  • Bay Path College – fee waiver is attached to viewbook if you request to be added to their mailing list
  • Brandeis University – students from developing nations
  • Bryn Mawr College – donate the fee to charity and submit your receipt
  • Calvin College – readers of the "Director's Desk" column in Spark; look for code to mention
  • Chestnut Hill College – free for transfer applicants
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania – register for "VIP" mailing list
  • Clarkson University – paper free for transfer applicants and all applicants who interview (on- or off-campus)
  • Colby College – free for students from Maine
  • Eastern Kentucky University – students who submit application at any admissions information session held off-campus
  • Hollins University – waiver given to interested students at admissions fairs who sign up for the mailing list
  • Longwood University – free for out-of-state (Virginia) students who request to be on their mailing list
  • Louisville, University of – see list
  • Massachusetts-Amherst, University of – certain transfers from other UMass schools
  • Montana State University – applicant must contact department head with request
  • Nicholls State University – see list
  • Rollins College – students who sign up for the mailing list and send back the pre-application
  • Southeastern Louisiana University – out-of-state applicants (?)
  • State University of New York (system) – see list
  • Union College (NY) – free on paper and on-line if you sign up for the e-mail list
  • Washington State University – free with financial form signed by guidance counselor