College application fees being waived for Alabama high school students

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Applying to college can get expensive, fast. Between mandatory standardized tests, to campus visits, and pricey application fees — families can find themselves spending hundreds of dollars on college before a student has even enrolled for classes.
But this week, Alabama seniors are getting a break on the whopping price-tag of higher education. Application fees are being waived as part of the state’s fifth annual Alabama College Application Week (ALCAC). From October 30 through November 3seniors can apply to select state colleges and universities at no charge.
The following colleges and universities have officially waived their application fees to allow Alabama students participating in ALCAC Week, to submit their applications to their institutions at no cost:

  1. Alabama A&M University
  2. Alabama State University (ASU)
  3. Alcorn State University – Mississippi
  4. Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM)
  5. Benedict College – South Carolina
  6. Berea College – Kentucky
  7. Bethune-Cookman College – Florida
  8. Claflin University – South Carolina
  9. Concordia College
  10. Dillard University – Louisiana
  11. Edward Waters College – Florida
  12. Fisk University – Tennessee
  13. Fortis College
  14. Georgia College – Georgia
  15. Hampton University – Virginia
  16. Jackson State University – Mississippi
  17. Jacksonville State University
  18. Judson College
  19. Marion Military Institute
  20. Miles College
  21. Mississippi Valley State – Mississippi
  22. Murray State University – Kentucky
  23. Norfolk State University – Virginia
  24. Selma University
  25. Springhill College
  26. Stillman College
  27. Talladega College
  28. The University of Montevallo
  29. The University of North Alabama (UNA)
  30. The University of Tennessee – Knoxville
  31. Troy University
  32. Tuskegee University
  33. University of Dayton – Ohio
  34. Western Kentucky University – Kentucky
  35. Xavier University of Louisiana
ALCAC was started five years ago to increase the overall number of students in our state applying to, and ultimately enrolling in, postsecondary education. This year’s event will focus on increasing the number of young people, especially first-generation and low-income students, pursuing college degrees.
“Students need every opportunity to reach their full potential – earning a college degree after high school graduation is a very rewarding way to accomplish this goal,” said Alabama College Application Campaign (ALCAC) Coordinator, Dr. Willietta Conner.
During this celebration, many schools statewide will be hosting local college application fairs. Students will attend these events during the school day, and work-on and submit their final applications to colleges across the country.
During last year’s event, more than 26,000 Alabama high school seniors applied to college. Almost 52,000 applications were submitted to colleges throughout the country.
This year, more than 350 schools have already registered to participate.
Last year 70 Alabama high schools had 100 percent of their senior class to apply to college. More schools this year are working hard to achieve this same goal during Alabama College Application Week.