Students can apply to five SUNY schools without paying an application fee

Application fees at SUNY College of Environmental and Forestry Sciences were dropped as part of a system-wide effort to expand college accessibility. High school students and others who send in their applications can apply for free at five campuses in the 64-campus system for potential savings of up to $250.

Kitty McCarthy, SUNY ESF associate vice president for enrollment management, said the fee waiver is just one tool they can use to attract more students.

“To allow students and families to look beyond fees and really focus on the opportunities that SUNY campuses provide. Get their applications so campuses can communicate with them,” said McCarthy. “Learn more about all the opportunities, both academic and student life, available to them.”

McCarthy said the application fee waiver is beneficial to both prospective students and SUNY campuses.

“This initiative gives us the opportunity to look at how students apply,” said McCarthy. “So we will monitor students who come to us through this free opportunity throughout the cycle, encourage them to visit, monitor their progress throughout the cycle, hopefully bring them to campus, and connect with them on an individual basis.”

Student registration is down in colleges and universities across the country, even though the pandemic has subsided. But McCarthy said the ESF has seen a steady rebound in applications. Some New York families may also be eligible for free tuition through the state’s TAP and Excelsior. stock Exchange. The non-application fee for registration ends November 6.