The value of a college degree is undisputed. A 2010 report from the College Board estimates that, among full-time workers, high school graduates earned a median annual income of $33,800; workers with an associate’s degree, $42,000; and, workers with a bachelor’s degree, $55,700.

Chapter 3 | Fee Waivers

The series of Webpages that follows is excerpted from Chapter 3 of College Access and Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Toolkit for Educators and Service Providers, available in its entirety at For a comprehensive discussion of the issue of fee waivers for students experiencing homelessness for college application-related expenses, download College Access and Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Toolkit for Educators and Service Providers and reference Chapter 3 - Fee Waivers and Appendix 3A - Worksheet for Covering Exam and Application Expenses.

college-bound student fees during the application process

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The senior year of high school can be an exciting time for college-bound graduates, as they take important steps towards independence and adulthood. But the road to college is paved with exams, applications, and fees; and these fees can create a financial burden and barrier for low-income students, including students experiencing homelessness.

Consider this: During the course of the college application process, a student may:

  • take one or more Advanced Placement tests ($89/exam),
  • take one or more college entrance exams (SAT - $51/exam; ACT - $52.50/exam),
  • take one or more SAT subject tests ($24/basic exam fee + $13 and up/exam, depending on the subject), and
  • apply to between five and eight colleges ($35-$50/application).

Based on this information, a college-bound student may spend between approximately $225, on the low end, and $950, on the high end, on fees as part of the college application process. For students experiencing homelessnes, this expense can create a significant financial hardship and potentially even deter them from applying to college.

Fortunately, many of these fees can be eliminated by taking advantage of fee reductions and waivers available to needy students. Read on to learn more.

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