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Complete List: Colleges With No Application Fee (Updated)

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 9, 2015 8:00:00 PM

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Trying to save money on college applications? Good news! There are actually quite a few colleges that allow you to apply for free. In this article, I'll provide some general information about application fees along with a comprehensive list of all the schools that offer free applications.

 

Application Fees at a Glance

Most colleges charge application fees in the $40-50 range, but they can sometimes be as high as $90 (looking at you, Stanford). Many top schools charge application fees of $75 or more. To put this in context, suppose you are applying to five different schools. If three have $50 application fees and two have $75 application fees, you'll be spending $300 on applications alone. Then there's the matter of sending your test scores. Sending SAT scores to five schools at $11.25 per report will cost you another $56.25, so you're spending over $350 just to send in all the required materials. That’s not small change for most people, so application fees are something you might take into account in your college search process. 

Fortunately, many schools, even ones that have very high application fees, offer waivers to students with financial need. In order to be eligible for a fee waiver, you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • You were provided with a fee waiver to take the SAT or ACT
  • You are enrolled in a Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program
  • Your family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service
  • You’re enrolled in a federal, state or local program that aids students from low-income families
  • Your family receives public assistance
  • You live in federally subsidized housing or a foster home

You can request a fee waiver form here. Once you fill out the form, your guidance counselor has to sign it, and then you should mail it to the admissions office of the college you have selected. Alternatively, if you want to avoid paying hundreds of dollars in application fees or going through the process of obtaining a fee waiver, you should consider applying to some of the schools with free applications that are listed in this article.

 

Making Smart Choices With Application Fees

If your dream school has a $50 application fee and you’re considering not applying because of the cost, you need to consider the costs versus the long term benefits. Compared to the total cost of attending college, that fee is a drop in the bucket. Over the course of four years, if you plan on attenting a private college, you'll end up paying close to $200,000 on average in total cost. Even for public schools the price tag will be close to $100,000. The fee is a very small part of the overall expenses that come along with attending college.

Don’t sacrifice the opportunity to attend a school that’s a perfect fit for you because of an application fee. You'll most likely end up regretting your decision later. Similarly, you should try not to choose schools that don't fit what you're looking for just because they have lower application fees. If you check out some of the no fee schools that I’ve listed and find that you really like them, then it’s a win-win, but don’t let it influence you too much if there are other fee-charging schools that you think you will really love!

 

Colleges That Don’t Require Application Fees (By State)

Note that some schools require a fee for paper applications, which I've indicated in the list. If you submit your materials online the fee will be waived. 

 

Alabama

Huntingdon College

Miles College

Spring Hill College

 

Alaska

Alaska Pacific University

 

Arizona

Williams Baptist College

 

Arkansas

Arkansas Tech University

Henderson State University

Hendrix College

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

 

California

Brandman University

California College San Diego

Deep Springs College

Dominican University of California

Holy Names University ($20 fee for paper application)

La Sierra University

Menlo College

Northwest College

Notre Dame de Namur University

Pacific Union College

University of the Pacific

Thomas Aquinas College 

 

Colorado

Colorado Mountain College

Johnson & Wales University - Denver

Regis University

US Air Force Academy

 

Connecticut

US Coast Guard Academy

University of Hartford ($35 fee for paper application)

Mitchell College  ($30 fee for paper application)

University of Saint Joseph ($30 fee for paper application)

 

Delaware

Wesley College

 

Florida

Ave Maria University

Florida Gateway College

Florida Institute of Technology

Indian River State College

Johnson & Wales University - North Miami

Polk State College

Saint Leo University

Santa Fe College

State College of Florida - Manatee-Sarasota

 

Georgia

Agnes Scott College

Bainbridge College

Berry College

Oglethorpe University

Piedmont College

Savannah State University

Wesleyan College ($30 fee for paper application)

 

Idaho

College of Southern Idaho ($10 fee for paper application)

College of Idaho 

 

Illinois

Augustana College

Aurora University

Bradley University

Elmhurst College

Eureka College

Greenville College

Illinois College

Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois Wesleyan University

Lake Forest College

Loyola University Chicago

McKendree University

Millikin University

Monmouth College

Rockford University

Saint Augustine College

University of St. Francis

 

Indiana

Anderson University

Ancilla College

Butler University

Calumet College of St. Joseph

DePauw University

Earlham College 

Franklin College

Grace College ($30 fee for paper application)

Hanover College

Holy Cross College

Indiana Wesleyan University

Manchester University ($25 fee for paper application)

Purdue University-North Central

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

St. Joseph’s College

St. Mary's College

Trine University

University of Evansville

University of Indianapolis

Valparaiso University

 

Iowa

Buena Vista University

Central College

Coe College

Cornell College ($30 fee for paper application)

Drake University

Graceland University

Grand View University

Grinnell College

Iowa Wesleyan College

Loras College

Luther College

Morningside College

Mount Mercy University

Northwestern College

Simpson College

St. Ambrose University

Upper Iowa University

Wartburg College

 

Kansas

Baker University

Barclay College

Bethany College

MidAmerica Nazarene University

Sterling College

 

Kentucky

Alice Lloyd College

Asbury University

Berea College

Centre College

Lindsey Wilson College

University of Pikeville

Thomas More College

Transylvania University 

 

Louisiana

Centenary College

Loyola University New Orleans

Tulane University 

 

Maine

Colby College 

St. Joseph's College

Unity College

 

Maryland

Capitol Technology University ($25 fee for paper application)

Hood College

St. John's College

Stevenson University ($40 fee for paper application)

US Naval Academy

Washington Adventist University

 

Massachusetts

Bay Path College

Becker College

Eastern Nazarene College

Emmanuel College ($60 fee for paper application)

Fisher College ($50 fee for paper application)

Hampshire College

Lasell College ($40 fee for paper application)

Lesley University

MCPHS University

Merrimack College

Mount Holyoke College ($60 fee for paper application)

Mount Ida College

Newbury College

Nichols College

Simmons College

Smith College

Springfield College

Wellesley College

Wheelock College

 

Michigan

Adrian College

Albion College

Alma College

Aquinas College

Calvin College

College for Creative Studies ($10 fee to upload portfolio samples for application)

Concordia University

University of Detroit Mercy

Ferris State University

Finlandia University

Hillsdale College ($30 fee for paper application)

Kalamazoo College

Kettering University

Madonna University

Michigan Technological University

Northwood University

Oakland University

Olivet College

Siena Heights University

Wayne State University

 

Minnesota

Augsburg College

Bethany Lutheran College

Bethel University

Carleton College 

College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

Concordia College

Gustavus Adolphus College 

Hamline University

Metropolitan State University

Saint John’s University

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

St. Catherine University

St. Olaf College 

College of St. Scholastica

University of St. Thomas

 

Mississippi

Alcorn State University

Jackson State University

Millsaps College

Mississippi University for Women

Mississippi Valley State University

Rust College ($10 fee for paper application)

 

Missouri

Avila University

College of the Ozarks 

Culver-Stockton College

Drury University

Fontbonne University

Maryville University of St. Louis

Northwest Missouri State University

Ranken Technical College

Rockhurst University

Saint Louis University 

Stephens College

Truman State University

Westminster College

William Jewell College

William Woods University

 

Montana

Carroll College ($35 fee for paper application)

University of Great Falls

Salish Kootenai College

 

Nebraska

Chadron State College

Concordia University-Nebraska

Creighton University

Doane College-Crete

Hastings College

Midland University

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Peru State College

Union College

Wayne State College

 

Nevada

Sierra Nevada College

 

New Hampshire

Colby-Sawyer College ($40 fee for paper applications)

Granite State College

New England College

 

New Jersey

College of Saint Elizabeth

Georgian Court University

Saint Peter’s University

 

New Mexico

Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus

Navajo Technical University

Northern New Mexico College

St. John's College 

 

New York

Canisius College

Cazenovia College

Clarkson University ($50 fee for paper applications)

D'Youville College

Daemen College ($25 for paper applications)

Davis College

Hartwick College

Hilbert College

Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Keuka College

Le Moyne College ($35 fee for paper applications)

Medaille College

College of Mount Saint Vincent

Mount Saint Mary College

Nazareth College

Niagara University

Roberts Wesleyan College

Sage College of Albany

St. Bonaventure University

St. John's University

College of New Rochelle

College of St. Rose

Touro College

Union College 

US Merchant Marine Academy

US Military Academy (West Point)

 

North Carolina

Barton College

Belmont Abbey College

Catawba College

Guilford College

Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte

University of Mount Olive

Queens University of Charlotte

Salem College

Warren Wilson College

 

North Dakota

University of Jamestown

 

Ohio

Ashland University

Baldwin Wallace University

Case Western Reserve University 

Chatfield College ($10 fee for paper application)

College of Wooster

University of Dayton

Defiance College ($25 fee for paper application)

Denison University ($40 fee for paper application)

University of Findlay

Franciscan University of Steubenville 

Franklin University

Hiram College

John Carroll University

Kenyon College 

Lake Erie College ($30 fee for paper application)

University of Mount Union

Notre Dame College

Oberlin College

Ohio Northern University

Ohio Wesleyan University

Shawnee State University

University of Rio Grande

Ursuline College

Wilmington College

Wittenberg University

Xavier University

 

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Baptist University

Oklahoma Wesleyan University

 

Oregon

Concordia University of Portland

Eastern Oregon University

Lewis & Clark College 

Linfield College-McMinnville Campus

Northwest Christian University

Reed College 

 

Pennsylvania

Albright College

Allegheny College

Arcadia University ($30 fee for paper application)

Bryn Mawr College ($50 fee for paper application)

Carlow University

Cedar Crest College ($35 fee for paper application)

Central Pennsylvania College

Chatham University

Delaware Valley College

Elizabethtown College ($30 fee for paper application)

Gannon University ($25 for paper application)

Gwynedd-Mercy University ($25 for paper application)

Immaculata University

Juniata College 

King's College

La Roche College

La Salle University

Lebanon Valley College

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

Lycoming College

Marywood University ($35 fee for paper application)

Mercyhurst University

Moravian College

Neumann University ($35 fee for paper application)

Point Park University

Robert Morris University

Rosemont College

Saint Francis University

University of Scranton

University of the Sciences ($45 fee for paper application)

Susquehanna University

Ursinus College 

Washington & Jefferson College ($25 fee for paper application)

Westminster College

Wilson College

 

Rhode Island

Johnson & Wales University - Providence

 

South Carolina

Allen University

Coker College

Columbia College

Columbia International University

Converse College

Erskine College

Limestone College

Presbyterian College 

 

South Dakota

Augustana College

University of Sioux Falls ($25 fee for paper application)

 

Tennessee

Christian Brothers University

Freed-Hardeman University

Lane College

Martin Methodist College

Maryville College

Rhodes College 

Sewanee: The University of the South 

Tusculum College

 

Texas

Austin College

Baylor University

Houston Baptist University

Howard Payne University

LeTourneau University

Saint Edward’s University

Southwestern Adventist University

Southwestern University 

St. Mary's University

University of St. Thomas

University of Houston-Victoria

University of Texas-El Paso

University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Texas Wesleyan University

Trinity University ($50 fee for paper application)

 

Utah

Stevens-Henager College - Murray

 

Vermont

Champlain College

Green Mountain College ($30 fee for paper application)

 

Virginia

Averett University

Bridgewater College

Christendom College ($25 fee for paper application)

Emory & Henry College

Hampden-Sydney College ($30 fee for paper application)

Hollins University

Liberty University

Lynchburg College ($30 fee for paper application)

Randolph-Macon College ($30 fee for paper application)

Randolph College

Roanoke College

Sweet Briar College

 

Washington

Cornish College of the Arts

Olympic College

Pacific Lutheran University

Saint Martin’s University

Whitworth University

 

West Virginia

Alderson Broaddus University

Bethany College

Bluefield State College

Concord University

Davis & Elkins College

West Liberty University

West Virginia University at Parkersburg

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Wheeling Jesuit University

 

Wisconsin

Alverno College

Beloit College 

Cardinal Stritch University

Carroll University

Lakeland College

Marquette University

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Mount Mary University

Northland College

St. Norbert College

Wisconsin Lutheran College

 

What's Next?

The Common Application makes it easy to apply to a bunch of different schools through a single online platform. Find out which colleges use it.

Are you worried about standardized tests and their role in your college application? Read this article to find out when these tests might not matter for you. Also take a look at this list of colleges that don't require SAT scores.

Everyone knows about the really selective colleges, but what are some colleges that are actually easy to get into? Find out here.

 

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Samantha Lindsay
About the Author

Samantha is a blog content writer for PrepScholar. Her goal is to help students adopt a less stressful view of standardized testing and other academic challenges through her articles. Samantha is also passionate about art and graduated with honors from Dartmouth College as a Studio Art major in 2014. In high school, she earned a 2400 on the SAT, 5's on all seven of her AP tests, and was named a National Merit Scholar.



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