By Ezra Kim

The Mirror Staff

“The UC’s are making it hard for the poor to join their program,” -Shailesh Alagan (‘17)

NEWS

College Applications: Fees Pile Up and Due Dates Loom

NEWS: Mounting costs often hamper seniors from applying to more colleges, as does the stress of deadlines.


The time for Seniors to work on college applications is here, which means stress, anxiety, and the emptying of wallets.

The average cost to apply for colleges is about $37.88, but the price can be as high as $90, which is the fee to apply to Stanford University.

Sending ACT scores sets students back $12 per school and SAT scores cost $11.25 per school after using your freebies. The College Board allows students to send up to four SAT reports at no charge.

Of course, taking the ACT and SAT costs money. The ACT will set a student back $39 to $57 while the SAT costs from $43 to $55.

The fees can add up quickly, especially for students with limited funds.

“The UCs are making it hard for the poor to join their program,” said Shailesh Alagan, a senior at Van Nuys High School.

Not wanting to pay the mounting prices for college applications, along with the stress of writing essays is enough to make many students limit the number of colleges they are applying to.

“I only had applied to four colleges because it is a lot easier stress wise,” said senior Keanau Robin. “I realistically see myself getting accepted to these and it is a waste of money and time to apply to colleges that I know I won’t get accepted into,”

All UC applications are due by Nov. 30, after the one week Thanksgiving break. Many seniors have not finished their applications and have decided to work on them during their break, effectively waiting until the last minute.

Other than applying to UCs, some students are also applying to private schools through the Common Application.

The application deadline for most private schools is in January. Students are offered some relief because the UC application deadline and private school deadlines do not overlap.

“I am glad that the deadline of these two are at least a month away. I will have more time to work on my private school application,” said Jorge Moreno, a senior.

“The UC’s are making it hard for the poor to join their program,” Shailesh Alagan (‘17) said.

“I only had applied to four colleges because it is a lot easier stress wise. I realistically see myself getting accepted and it is a waste of money and time to apply to colleges that I know I won’t get accepted into,” said Keanau Robin, a senior.

“I am glad that the deadline of these two are at least a month away. I will have more time to work on my private school application,” said Jorge Moreno, a senior.