Georgia Colleges Waive Application Fees for March

Keegan Brooks, Editor

College application fees for more than forty Georgia colleges are being waived during the month of March because of a partnership with the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC).

“The Georgia Student Finance Commission has partnered with the University System of Georgia (USG), the Technical College System of Georgia (TSCG), and Georgia Military College to provide college application fee waivers at select schools during the month of March,” stated the GSFC in a statement earlier this month. “This is the second round of fee waivers for students in the 2022 academic year and builds upon the success of ‘No Fee November’ in 2021.”

Fee waivers are available for twenty colleges in the USG, all twenty-two colleges in the TCSG, and the Georgia Military College from March 1 to March 31. Some colleges are automatically waiving fees for March, while others require you to select the fee waiver option or use a specific fee waiver code.

According to a 2021 survey by U.S. News & World Report, the average college application fee is nearly $45. This can add up during the college application process, especially for students applying to several in-state and out-of-state colleges. U.S. News & World Report quotes experts as recommending that students apply to four to eight colleges.

“While application fees may vary by institution, the cost savings to high school seniors taking advantage of these waivers can be significant,” said GSFC president Lynne Riley. “The Georgia Student Finance Commission applauds the efforts of our partner post-secondary institutions, and we have representatives ready to assist students with the application process, scholarship searches, and connections to resources.”

Information about how to access the fee waivers and a list of participating colleges is available on the GSFC website.