SUNY Waiving Application Fees for Low-Income Students


SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras visited Proctor High School earlier today to announce that SUNY is waiving the application fee for low-income, high school seniors. Beginning on March 1, students who financially qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs, whose household income does not exceed 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, or are from foster families are eligible.

Applications are down at SUNY schools this year by 15 percent but it is disproportionately in their hardest hit communities of color and disadvantage, “Our enrollment challenge to me in working with our partners here is really an equity challenge. That’s what this is really about, closing equity gaps.” —Chancellor

The application waiver is a part of the school’s big dreams, small step campaign, “Right now we have about 110,000 high school seniors who are considered economically disadvantaged. The application fee would go away for those students applying to SUNY all across the state of New York.”

Students will be able to apply to up to seven SUNY Colleges for free.

“The cost of an application is 50 dollars. You multiply that times seven, that’s 350 dollars in saved fees in application processes with students all across the state. That is real money in this day and age.”

Students with any questions about the application process may schedule one-on-one admission help through the same website at

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