CUNY Application Fee of $65 Waived For Low-income City Public School Students

September 27, 2016

mayor-de-blasio1Applying to college just got cheaper for some of the city’s poorest families.

Mayor de Blasio and CUNY officials announced Monday that the $65 application fee currently required by the city’s public colleges will now be waived for low-income public school kids.

Officials say the change in policy will benefit an estimated 37,500 high school seniors this year alone.

For struggling families, de Blasio said, “$65 matters.”

“This is something that we think is going to make a big difference,” he said to a source.


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Eligible schoolkids include students who live in homeless shelters or are in the foster-care system. The program also extends to kids who are eligible for federal free and reduced-price lunch programs.

To be eligible for those programs, a family of three must earn about $37,000 or less annually.

The initiative will cost $2.4 million a year, most of which is coming from city coffers, and allow the eligible kids to apply to up to six City University of New York schools for free.

Nearly 60% of New York City college-bound public school kids end up enrolling in CUNY schools, according to CUNY Chancellor James Milliken.

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