Do you know anyone, family, friend, etc, wanting to apply for Cuny college? Well, they might be in luck. Bloomberg administration education officials, have been looking to eliminate the expense of application fees. Studies have showed, that this has been a major reason, that many high school graduates don’t apply to college.
A top Department of Education official, said the agency has been in talks with the City University of New York, to make applying for Cuny undergraduate schools free for city students.
Senior Deputy Chancellor Shael Polakow-Suransky, second-in-command to Mr. Walcott, was quoted as saying “one idea we’ve been working on but have yet to figure out how to do.”
“Every year kids don’t apply to college because of the application fees,” Mr. Polakow-Suransky said at a Nov. 21 event hosted by the Ford Foundation in midtown. “It would cost the city roughly $500,000 to start covering Cuny application fees for kids. I think that would just be a powerful signal to kids about what our expectations are for them going forward.”
Mr. Polakow-Suransky said many students can afford Cuny tuition because financial aid covers much of it, but don’t have money to apply.
The fee to apply to up to six Cuny colleges is $65. Cuny distributes limited supply of fee waivers to high school guidance counselors for students with the most financial need, according to the university system’s application worksheet.
While $65 doesn’t sound like much to some people, it is to many others. I for one think this is a step in the right direction, and might convince many high school students not to give up on the prospect of college, simply due to fees.