3 tips for saving money on college applications

Aug 12, 2014

Delaware Valley College Vice President for Enrollment Management Arthur Goon offered some insight on applying to college in, “Expert Advice for Saving Money on College Applications,” which was published by Nerd Scholar. Here are three of his tips for avoiding fees when applying to colleges and universities.

1. Show a serious and genuine interest in the school- Many colleges and universities, including Delaware Valley College, are willing to extend an application fee waiver to students who show a serious and genuine interest in attending a specific institution. Visit campus and take a tour to help show how interested you are. If you're applying to an academic program the school is trying to grow enrollment for, they may be willing to waive the fee for you. DelVal waives the application fee for any student who visits campus.

2. Apply Online- Some schools will waive the application fee if a student is willing to apply online. Online applications save schools the cost of employing a staff member to physically enter the application information. DelVal waives the application fee for any student who applies online.

3. Narrow your search- Before submitting applications, narrow your college search possibilities by first developing a list of 10 to 20 schools that meet what you are looking for in an institution (academic majors you are interested in, the size of the student population, residence life or commuter services, co-curricular activities, athletics and recreation, internships and career services, religious affiliation if applicable, geographic location, tuition and affordability). Request more information about these schools, research them online, and/or call and speak to an admission counselor. Then, visit the top 10 to 15 campuses based on the research and apply only to the top 5 to 10 based on the visit experience.

For more on how to save on college applications, check out the full story on Nerd Scholar.