Georgia Southern University has been offering a “No Fee November,” waiving its $30 admissions application fee for undergraduate students.
Students have until Nov. 30 to take advantage of the waiver, part of the admissions office’s efforts to encourage students to apply as soon as possible for fall semester 2019. November is Georgia Apply to College Month, when many high schools across the state host college application days attended by admissions counselors from universities and colleges. But not all of Georgia’s universities waive their fee, said GS interim Director of Admissions Christy Rikard.
“Because the state this month does a push for college applications, we want to partner in that and waive our application fee for any undergrad student looking to apply,” Rikard said.
Many students applying for the first time are high school seniors, and she said the seemingly small fees can add up for those applying to multiple colleges.
“Some colleges have $20 application fees; ours is $30; some of them are $50 to $75,” Rikard said.
Early birds for dorms
Another reason for would-be fall 2019 Georgia Southern students to apply now is the availability of campus housing. Freshmen are required to live on campus, and those applying early are more likely to get their preferred placements, she said.
“The housing application just went live Nov. 8,” Rikard said. “Students have to be admitted to Georgia Southern before they can apply for housing, and housing is first-come, first-served. So if they want a specific residence hall, they need to be one of the early birds applying for housing.”
Transfer students, students from other states and international students also qualify to the application fee waiver, as long as they are applying for undergraduate programs.
“We’re already seeing that waiving the fee is increasing our incoming applications,” Rikard said.
Students can also get a head start on paying for college by filling out the FAFSA form, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, available at https://fafsa.ed.gov, she notes. Georgia Southern’s admissions application can be found at http://georgiasouthern.edu/apply.