Big Changes to College Application Fee-Waiver Program
Big Changes to College Application Fee-Waiver ProgramAbby Hexter, Assistant Director, Member Communications, The College Board
As part of its effort to propel low-income, first generation, and underrepresented students into the educational opportunities they have earned, the College Board is introducing major changes to the College Application Fee-Waiver Program.
Beginning this fall, more than 200,000 students who take the SAT or SAT Subject Test with a fee waiver will receive four college application fee waiver forms.
Key process improvements include:
- Aligning with higher education’s long-standing commitment to ensure that application fees are not a barrier.
- Streamlining CAFW form distribution, which simplifies the process for students, counselors, and advisors by no longer requiring a second counselor validation.
- Relying on research that shows that giving CAFW forms directly to low-income students improves their college application and enrollment rates.
“Thanks to the collaboration with our higher education members who are committed to ensuring that college application fees are not a barrier to enrollment and success, college application fee waivers may be used to apply to any of the 2,000 participating colleges and universities,” said Connie Betterton, the College Board’s Vice President of Higher Education Access, Research, and Partnership.
First-generation students face particular challenges when it comes to applying to college, according to Donald Kamentz, Managing Director of College and Career Initiatives at YES Prep Public Schools in Houston, TX.
“Given their families’ lack of understanding and past experiences to reference in navigating the college application process, students often miss out on important resources that could help them navigate the application process and matriculate to college,” Kamentz said. “Not only will this change provide students with financial difficulties with an easier system of obtaining fee waivers, but it will also allow students to be more in control of their college application costs.”
These changes build on the College Board’s partnership with thousands of college professionals, high school counselors, and college advisors across the country.
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