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November 22nd, 2010:
Thank you to Lisa W. for letting us know about Charleston Southern University, which waives their application fee on-line for most of the fall semester. American University has been removed from the list.
November 21st, 2010:
A domain has been purchased for this site – only took me five years! The move really is being worked on now, so look for an announcement relatively soon.

I would also like to reiterate one more time that I cannot provide individual assistance. Do not e-mail me asking for help to get into college or to fill out your applications. The site is now getting more than 25,000 hits a month, and I simply cannot handle the number of requests I get for help. To fill out an application, you need to do it on the college's website. Thanks!

August 15th, 2010:
The General listings page has been updated to note that it is the Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts that waives the fee on-line.

I would also like to take a moment to remind everyone that this website does not provide admissions counseling. I receive countless requests each month from students wanting advice on applying to colleges, obtaining applications, and more, and I simply cannot reply to all of those requests (nor should I). If you need help applying to a college, please contact the institution's admissions office directly. You can easily find an admissions page on their websites.

November 9th, 2009:
Thank you to the following contributors for this update: M, Jessica, and Tomekia!

St. Edwards University of Texas is free if you apply before December 15th. If you sign up to be a "VIP" with Clarion University of Pennsylvania, you can receive an application fee waiver.

September 12th, 2009:
If you visit California's Marymount College on Walk-In Application Day and meet with a counselor, your application fee will be waived.

An extensive list of colleges that waive their application fees on-line has been posted, courtesy of some help from the College Board's official counseling guide. These colleges are: La Salle University, Rockford College, Saint Bonaventure University, Berry College, Bluffton University, Bellarmine University, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Tiffin University, Viterbo College, Ursinus College, Southern Vermont College, Wilmington College, Nashua Community College, Lincoln Memorial University, Northwest Missouri State University, University of Indianapolis, Mercer University, Calumet College of St. Joseph, Wheelock College, Stevenson University, Campbellsville University, Cabrini College, York College of Pennsylvania, Seton Hill University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Maryville University of Saint Louis, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Emory & Henry College, and Cottey College.

Also: Mount Mary College (WI), Trinity College of Florida, Mount Ida College, American University, Capital University, Colby-Sawyer College, Roberts Wesleyan College, New Jersey City University, Mercyhurst College, Cornerstone University, Marywood University, Juniata College, Concordia University (WI), Atlanta Christian College, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Hendrix College, Gardner-Webb University, Widener University, Ranken Technical College, Herzing University, University of St. Francis, Carlow University, Delaware Valley College, Kendall College, St. Xavier University, New Mexico Military Institute, University of Charleston, Central New Mexico Community College, United States Coast Guard Academy, and Pueblo Community College.

Also: Concordia University (NE), Central Carolina Technical College, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Allegany College of Maryland, Adrian College, Spring Arbor University, Lourdes College, Ohio Dominican University, Oakland University, Bethel University, Trinity Lutheran College, Jamestown Community College, Central Wyoming College, Houston Baptist University, Community College of Vermont, Bristol Community College, Jackson State University, College for Creative Studies, York County Community College, Los Angeles Valley College, Manchester Community College (NH), Ursuline College, Valley Forge Christian College, Great Bay Community College, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Western Piedmont Community College, and King College (TN).

Also: Lake Erie College, James Sprunt Community College, White Mountains Community College, Champlain College, Canisius College, Folsom Lake College, South Seattle Community College, Trevecca Nazarene University, Caldwell Community College, Olivet Nazarene University, Montgomery County Community College, Coastal Bend College, San Diego State University, Genesee Community College, Villa Maria College of Buffalo, and Concordia University (CA).

Additionally, Michigan Technological University has been confirmed as being free to apply to on-line.

August 11th, 2009:
Jennifer reports that Cedarville University is free for all students – freshman, transfer, and international – who apply early. Visit their website for details.
June 12th, 2009:
Phi Theta Kappa members applying to the King's College in New York city can have their fee waived on-line by entering the word "transfer" (no quotation marks, all lowercase) into the "Name on Credit Card" field.
February 25th, 2009:
Michelle reports that Seton Hall University is free to apply to on-line; paper applications must be requested from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at a cost of $65 (USD).
December 20th, 2008:
Lasell College in Massachusetts is free to apply to on-line.
December 19th, 2008:
Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia is free to apply to on-line. Indiana Wesleyan University is free before certain dates.
December 9th, 2008:
Hanable reports that Florence-Darlington Technical College is free on-line.
November 26th, 2008:
David Wagner, Hampshire College's Senior Associate Director of Admissions, was kind enough to e-mail me to announce that Hampshire has eliminated the application fee for all of its prospective students. You can read a news story about this decision here. Welcome to the free applications movement, Hampshire!

Other updates: Quincy University waives its $25 (USD) application fee for students applying on-line (thanks, Meghan!); Duquesne University waives its application fee on-line before certain dates (thanks, Richard!); and Liberty University now does not waive its application fee for on-line applicants (thanks, Susan!).

October 3rd, 2008:
Marylyn let me know that Elmhurst College waives its $25 (USD) fee if you apply on-line. Recent applicant Veronica reports that Ferris State University is always free on-line.
September 13th, 2008:
Carthage College is free before certain dates (thanks, Angie!). American University has been temporarily removed due to questions about a discrepancy in their fee reporting between their own website and the information they self-reported to the College Board. Bryn Mawr is now always free on-line (thanks, Kareni!); you can still have the paper application fee waived with a receipt from a charitable donation of $50 (USD) or more. DePauw University is always free on-line (thanks, Paula!).

As always, thanks to all of the students, parents, admissions officials, guidance counselors, and other people who take the time to write in and share information to benefit students going through this process. You are what makes this website work so well!

July 7th, 2008:
Peru State College has been confirmed as free on-line. For first-time freshman only, Glenville State College waives the fee for students who complete the application on campus in the admissions office and/or have a GPA of 3.5/4.0 or an ACT of 25 or an SAT score of 1130-1160 (1700 with writing component). Western State College of Colorado and Linn State Technical College are also free on-line.
July 5th, 2008:
Rebecca Pastor, Assistant Director of Admissions at Vermont's Johnson State College, let me know that their application fee is waived if you apply on-line. Thanks, Rebecca!

Please note that the form is back up now; all submissions should be sent using it.

March 26th, 2008:
Eastern Connecticut State University, Connecticut's public liberal arts college, waives their application fee if you apply on-line. The application fee is $50 (USD) if you apply using a paper application.
March 8th, 2008:
Rob from the Office of Admissions at Carthage College has notified me that they waive the application fee for students with an alumnae/i recommendation. Thanks, Rob! Another e-mail, this one from Zack, alerted me to add Brandeis to the list of colleges that waive the fee if you submit their institutional application (not CommonApp) on-line. Franklin, meanwhile, points out that Regis University has abandoned their on-line fee for all applications. Thank you to everyone who has submitted additions recently!

Others: Furman University, free for all applicants submitting on-line, including international; Oregon Institute of Technology, free on-line before certain dates; Methodist University (formerly Methodist College) is still free on-line; Bethel University, free for international students submitting on-line before certain dates; Champlain College, free for applications submitted on-line.

December 27th, 2007:
Melissa, a high school student, reports that National Achievement Semifinalists (and above) are eligible for fee waivers from Howard University in Washington, D.C.
November 24th, 2007:
The helpful admissions staff at Kent State University-Tuscarawas reports that they waive application fees for students who attend a Tour Tusc, Wednesday Visit, Information Night, or Blue-Gold Night event. Thanks, Tusc!

Multiple parents helpfully reported that application fees were waived for their children who applied before November 1 this year.

November<16th, 2007:
Mount Ida College mails "Quick Applications" to high-credential candidates. If a student applies using that application, they will also receive a $1,000 grant upon enrolling.
October 15th, 2007:
If you speak with an admissions counselor from Hollins University at an admissions fair or event and sign up for their mailing list while there, you will receive an application fee waiver in the mail. Bay Path College attaches a fee waiver to their viewbook if you request to be added to their mailing list before they reach out to you.
October 13th, 2007:
I've been busy with other projects lately and have not completed the new, easier-to-use design, but I'm still updating the listings regularly!

The University of Great Falls offers a free on-line application. Sewanee: The University of the South is free on-line if you use the Common Application. Birmingham-Southern College is free prior to October 15. Temple University reduces their fee from $50 to $25 if you submit on-line. Simon's Rock College is free with an alum recommendation; this also gives the student a $1,000 scholarship if accepted.

August 19th, 2007:
The website is currently undergoing a complete overhaul. A new version, complete with more information on how to apply, sorting by college category and location, and more, will be launched soon. Stay tuned for updates!

In the meantime, Alfred University and Bay Path College have gone back to charging for applications, and have therefore been removed from the master list.

June 8th, 2007:
Oklahoma Baptist University is free for members of Phi Theta Kappa. The College of Wooster is free on-line.
March 17th, 2007:
Miles College is free; they do not have an on-line application. Post University and Grace College are free on-line.
February 24th, 2007:
Otterbein College is free on-line. DeVry University is free if you attend an open house. Lycoming College, Rhodes College, and Grace College are free for international students. Wayne State University is free for veterans. Salisbury University, Texas Christian University, and Mount Saint Mary's University are free for Phi Theta Kappans. Indiana State University is free for Phi Theta Kappans who attend a special Phi Theta Kappa open house. West Liberty State College has been confirmed for having a free on-line application. Savannah College of Art & Design is reduced on-line by 50% if you apply before certain dates. Some Mercer University programs are reduced on-line. Hofstra University reduces their fee by $20 (USD) on-line. Albertson College of Idaho is reduced by $30 (USD) for international applicants applying on-line.
February 23rd, 2007:
Wells College waives the application fee for Phi Theta Kappans.
February 12th, 2007:
Hilbert College, Christendom College, Davis College, Wheeling Jesuit University, John Carroll University are free on-line. The University of the Incarnate Word is free before a deadline. Huntingdon College is free if submitted during a campus visit. Limestone College is free if you visit campus. William Woods University is free on-line and with a campus visit.
February 9th, 2007:
Roanoke College, Bethany University, and the University of Hartford are free on-line. Seton Hill University is free with alum sponsorship. Simmons College is free for Dix Scholars.
January 6th, 2007:
Neumann College is confirmed for always being free on-line.
December 23rd, 2006:
Augsburg College, Methodist College, and Warren Wilson College are now always free on-line. The Meredith College Graduate School is also free to apply to on-line. Longwood University sends fee waivers to prospective out-of-state (Virginia) applicants who request to be on their mailing list; waivers can be photocopied and shared with friends.
December 22nd, 2006:
Yep, still alive!

Mills College has a Distinctive Student Application, which waives not just the fee, but also the essay requirement. Eckerd is free between certain dates, though the dates change each year. (Their typical time frame is between October 1 and December 1.) Washington State University will waive the fee if your guidance counselor signs a special form showing that you are low-income or otherwise financially strained. Colorado College will honor waiver requests from international students who submit this form. Western Illinois University takes $5 (USD) off the cost if you apply on-line. The William Mitchell College of Law waives fees when given alumnae/i recommendation forms. Alma College, which had previously been one of the "questionable" colleges, has been confirmed for inclusion on the "always free on-line" list. Whittier College is also now on that list.

July 8th, 2006:
Phew! Lots of e-mail and activity lately. I suppose the release of the latest Common Application is driving most of that?

First, I'd like to direct everyone's attention to, which is a wonderful blog containing a lot of great information about scholarships, applications, standardized testing, college policies, and other topics related to college admissions. They also have a discussion board you might be able to get help from. I hope you find both sites useful during your search and subsequent application process.

As far as updates go: Colby is free for Mainers. Finlandia, Villa Julie College, and Saint Louis University are free on-line. Amherst is free for students who are invited to their Students of Color Open House (SOCOH).

As always, please remember to send in any corrections or additions you might have! I can't do this all alone. ;)

May 27th, 2006:
I know, I know — it's been a while. My apologies.

Illinois Tech and Kettering are always free on-line. Rutgers is free if you visit the campus; they'll send you a code in the mail.

January 1st, 2006:
First, please accept my apologies for the lack of updates. My fall semester — 4.0! — was very busy, and as it turns out, the submission form was malfunction. Unfortunately, this means that at least some of the submissions sent in over the past few months have not gone through, or have gone through incomplete. If you submitted a school or a correction, please submit again via e-mail. Again, I am truly sorry.

Now, for the updates!

Mercy (NY) waives for legacies as well as alumnae/i-referenced applicants. The list previously did not state which Mercy College this was, so that is now corrected.

Legacies are free at Gonzaga, Nazareth (NY), and St. John Fisher. Benedictine, Adelphi, Wittenberg, the University of the Arts waive the fee for legacies and also give them a special renewable grant.

Wittenberg and Detroit Mercy accept alumnae/i recommendations. Chestnut Hill waives the fee for transfer applicants. Oklahoma City University waives their fee before certain dates.

St. John Fisher is free for Phi Theta Kappans and New York HEOP applicants. Fordham is free for selected high-credential applicants who apply on-line before certain dates. UMBC and UMBC-Shady Grove are also free for Kappans.

Calvin College's magazine Spark has a column called "Director's Desk." Some columns can be referenced on your application in order to receive a waiver. Read the column regularly for more information.

September 12th, 2005:
Clarkson was already listed for waiving the fee for on-line applications and students who visit campus, but now they're also listed for waiving it for transfers and anyone who interviews (on- or off-campus).

Polytechnic University waives the fee for students who submit their completed applications while on campus; they were already listed for waiving it for on-line applications. Eastern Kentucky University waives the fee if you submit a completed application while attending a "Prospective Student Reception" (not general open house), held either on- or off-campus. Bowie State University waives the fee if you submit during an open house event.

Students who visit Alfred University can pick up a waiver while on campus. If you visit Northwestern College (MN) before certain dates and bring your finished essay and personal information, your fee will be waived.

I have been able to confirm that the application fee is waived for Wayne State University legacies. However, please note that the parent or guardian providing the fee waiver must be a member of the alumnae/i association at WSU. Your fee waiver request will not be honored if you do not meet this requirement. (I love having public schools on here.)

Trinity International University will waive your application fee if you apply before a certain date. Rollins College will waive your fee if you are referred by an alumna or alumnus.

Finally, a great friend has purchased a domain for this website! I'm very excited, and hopefully he can help me make it a lot better. Look for an announcement in the near future regarding the "official" launch.

September 11th, 2005:
Hastings and Union (NE) have been added as schools with free on-line applications. Grace University's application fee is reduced by $15 (USD) for on-line applicants.
September 10th, 2005:
Iowa Wesleyan College waives the fee for all on-line applicants, and all Hispanic applicants that are admitted are guaranteed at least $9,000 (USD) in scholarship money, which I think is worth noting. Loras, Mount Mercy, Northwestern (IA), Simpson, Baker, Barclay, Capitol, Columbia Union, Concordia (MI), Siena Heights, St. Mary's (MN), St. Olaf, St. Scholastica, Mississippi College, and Rust are also free for on-line applicants. Pikeville doesn't have an on-line application, but there's no charge for their paper one. Tabor is free if you apply during certain time periods.

While it previously had a question mark next to its listing, indicating that I was uncertain if the school's application fee really is waived on-line, I have now been able to confirm that Northwood University does not charge for on-line applications. I also just learned that there are two Carroll Colleges — I had one listed before, and I didn't include a state with it — but fortunately, they both have free applications!

September 9th, 2005:
Houghton College waives the fee for early applicants. Millsaps College is free for on-line applicants.
September 8th, 2005:
Ripon, Huntingdon, and Lyon are each free if you apply before certain dates.

September 8th, 2005:

Be happy I have a sinus infection, because it means you're getting lots of nice updates these past few days!

I'm very excited to add Colby College to the list of colleges waiving the fee for on-line applications. This now means that out of the top 25 liberal arts colleges on the U.S. News and World Report list, 8 are offering free on-line applications. The schools are Wellesley (4), Carleton (5), Colgate (t-15), Grinnell (t-15), Hamilton (t-15), Smith (19), Colby (20), and Mount Holyoke (23).

I think I might actually make up some "special" lists to add to the site soon, including lists of HBCUs, women's colleges, top U.S. News schools, and other categories. If there are any special lists you'd like to see, feel free to e-mail me and I'll see what I can do.

Since this virus isn't going anywhere, expect to see some more additions later today!

September 7th, 2005:
Another update today! Hanover College has been added a school that waives the fee on-line. Also, while it's not technically related to application fees, the legacies and siblings page now notes that Wells College offers a legacy grant to accepted applicants. As always, thank you for your help, and keep submitting your updates!
September 7th, 2005:
Drexel, Cedar Crest, Alice Lloyd, King's (PA), Madonna, McKendree, Judson, Wesleyan (GA), Lindsey Wilson, Berea, Bay Path, the Mississippi University for Women, and Cottey have been added as schools that do not charge a fee if you apply on-line. The University of Rochester has been removed from the free on-line applications page; it is now listed as a reduced fee. Mount St. Mary's has also been added as a reduced fee school. Wells College and Hobart & William Smith have been added as colleges that waive the fee for legacies. The College of Wooster and Wells College have been added as schools that waive the fee if you visit. The University of Hartford has been added as a school that waives the fee if you apply by a certain date.

As always, thank you for your submissions!

August 29th, 2005:
St. Gregory's University, the Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Abilene Christian University have been added to the list of schools that reduce their fees on-line. The College of Wooster has been removed from the list, since it appears they are no longer offering free on-line applications starting with applicants for the 2006-2007 academic year.
August 25th, 2005:
Binghamton University has been removed from the list of free applications. Although this university commonly gets recommended as one that waives application fees on-line, I can't find anything to back that up. If you know how to get your application fee waived at Binghamton — or can at least explain why so many people think it's possible — please let me know.
August 18th, 2005:
The following schools have been added to the listing:

Free for high-credential applicants: Hofstra University
Free on paper (no on-line application): College of Southern Idaho
Save on-line: Tulane University ($10), George Washington University ($10)
Free on-line: Johnson & Wales, Monmouth College, Purdue North Central, Thomas Aquinas
Free by certain dates: Drury University
Free if submitted on campus: Drury University
Free for transfers: UMass-Amherst transfers from other UMass schools
Free if you sign up for the mailing list and return the pre-application: Rollins College
Free for international students: Truman State University
Free for e-mail list members: Union College (N.Y.)

Additionally, there is now an RSS feed for updates as well as a LiveJournal account.

August 14th, 2005:
I just finished this website after a few hours of work. Obviously, there have been no updates yet. I'm very glad I got this done before the beginning of the semester, since I've been meaning to do it for a few weeks now and kept putting it off. Here's hoping I have a lot of new schools to add soon!