Obtain A Waiver On the Common App
Many schools have streamlined the college admissions process by partnering with application services that enable applicants to fill out one application form, which then gets submitted to multiple colleges. The most popular of these services is the Common Application, which is accepted at about 900 schools, but other services include the Coalition Application, the Common Black College Application, and ApplyTexas.
Despite the fact that applicants only fill out one form through the Common App, they are charged a fee for each school to which they are submitting their applications. The fees are determined by the schools, so again, even if you're applying to a handful of schools, your fees could still total several hundred dollars. The good news is that schools still typically waive the fees for eligible students, so if you meet one or more of the schools' qualifications listed above, simply check the box for a fee waiver on the application form.
The fee structure is the same when you use the Coalition for College application service. The Common Black College Application, however, charges a flat fee of $20 for submissions to any of the nearly 70 HBCU member schools.