10 Colleges With the Highest Application Fees
At these schools, application fees can cost more than $76, on average
Senior year of high school is an expensive year. From school registration and activities, to senior portraits and prom, things can quickly add up. Most parents don’t budget for the rising cost of college applications. Not college itself, but APPLYING to colleges. The average cost of college applications has increased slowly but steadily in the last 5 years, according to U.S. News.
The average seems to be a reasonable $37.88, but when students apply to 10-12 schools, that can quickly add up to.That’s the highest average in the past five years. In spring 2007, schools reported an average cost of $35.33 in application fees nationally. That average climbed to $35.97 (2008), $36.37 (2009), $36.92 (2010), and $37.45 (2011).
Even more alarming is the number of schools who are charging substantially more for the application. The top 10 list of schools with the highest application fees (which is really a list of 22 colleges because of ties) the average fee is double the national average at $76.36. Most colleges waive the application fees for students with financial need.
“Three schools—George Mason University, Salem State University, and University of New Haven—would have made the list if it only took into account their most expensive application fees ($100, $75, and $75, respectively). But they are not included because their online application fees were considerably lower ($60, $40, and $25, respectively). At least at George Mason, between 90 and 95 percent of students apply online, according to Beth Pullias, a university spokeswoman.”
Here is the list of schools with the highest application fees for undergraduates, in 2012.
|School name (state)||Application fee||U.S. News rank & category|
|Stanford University (CA)||$90||6, National Universities|
|Columbia University (NY)||$80||4, National Universities|
|University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill||$80||30, National Universities|
|Villanova University (PA)||$80||1, Regional Universities (North)|
|Boston University||$75||51, National Universities|
|Brown University (RI)||$75||15, National Universities|
|College of New Jersey||$75||6, Regional Universities (North)|
|Cornell University (NY)||$75||15, National Universities|
|Dartmouth College (NH)||$75||10, National Universities|
|Drexel University (PA)||$75||83, National Universities|
|Duke University (NC)||$75||8, National Universities|
|George Washington University (DC)||$75||51, National Universities|
|Harvard University (MA)||$75||1, National Universities|
|Kean University (NJ)||$75||133, Regional Universities (North)|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||$75||6, National Universities|
|Northeastern University (MA)||$75||56, National Universities|
|Rice University (TX)||$75||17, National Universities|
|University of Chicago||$75||4, National Universities|
|University of Delaware||$75||75, National Universities|
|University of Pennsylvania||$75||8, National Universities|
|University of Texas—Austin||$75||46, National Universities|
|Yale University (CT)||$75||3, National Universities|