Low-income students can now apply for SUNY schools without added fee

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Students from low-income households can soon apply to any SUNY college without added fees.

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Chancellor Jim Malatras announced the elimination of application fees for any high school senior:

  • who already qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch programs;
  • whose household income does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty guidelines;
  • who lives with a foster family.

Each individual is eligible to apply to as many as seven campuses, saving up to $350 in application fees per-student.

“The current application waiver process created many barriers for low-income students,” Malatras said. “Currently, a student may seek a waiver if a school guidance counselor signs off or if the student submits a separate waiver with family financial information. This has barred many eligible students from participating in the program.”

More information can be found at: www.suny.edu/start.

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