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College Application Fees

Every institution has a unique process for completing their admissions application and most have associated fees. Knowing what fees you will need to pay as part of the application process can help you budget accordingly.

Navigating the college application process can be stressful and time consuming. The forms can seem endless and the fees can add up. Understanding these fees will help you narrow your choices of institutions so you may only complete necessary applications.

Upfront fees. Most institutions require application fees to be paid upfront, and if granted admission, there may be processing fees, technology fees and other mandatory fees that are required before your first day of classes.

Check for waivers. Check with your admissions counselor to see if the school waives fees for military spouses or offers other conditional waivers. Many institutions also have open-enrollment periods where application fees are waived if you have completed class registration.

Check with the Office of Military Affairs. Many institutions have an Office of Military Affairs, which has a different application process for the military community. This office typically offers application assistance. 

To find financial aid and scholarship source information, visit the Scholarship Finder on MySECO. You can also contact a SECO career coach by calling Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 to talk about alternatives for financing your education. For additional guidance, use the Live Chat feature on the MySECO website. 

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