Nowadays, it’s not only expensive to go to college, it’s also expensive to apply. College applications have increased in cost – some of them are upwards of $70!
And, for students with limited funds, it can be cumbersome to apply to several colleges. While you are able to get around fees with financial need, there may be an easier way. Consider applying to colleges without application fees.
The good news is that there are plenty of colleges that recognize that the application fee costs are expensive and no longer charge fees for their applications. Many colleges may even have a declared application fee, but will waive the charge for students who apply online, usually utilizing the Common Application.
Here are 33 of the Forbes Top Colleges with no application fees, along with their ranking number::
1. United States Naval Academy — Annapolis, Maryland
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #20
2. United States Military Academy – West Point, New York
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #24
3. Carleton College – Northfield, Minnesota
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #37
4. United States Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #41
5. United States Coast Guard Academy — New London, Connecticut
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #46
6. Wellesley College – Wellesley, Massachusetts
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #47
7. United States Merchant Marine Academy – Kings Point, New York
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #51
8. Oberlin College – Oberlin, Ohio
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #53
9. Grinnell College – Grinnell, Iowa
Forbes Top Colleges: #57
10. Colby College – Waterville, Maine
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #61
11. Reed College – Portland, Oregon
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #70
12. Smith College – Northampton, Massachusetts
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #71
13. Trinity University – San Antonio, Texas
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #90
14. St. Olaf College – Northfield, Minnesota
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #101
15. Case Western Reserve University – Cleveland, Ohio
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #107
16. Rhodes College – Memphis, Tennessee
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #108
17. Union College – Schenectady, New York
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #111
18. Tulane University – New Orleans, Louisiana
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #123
19. Mount Holyoke College – South Hadley, Massachusetts
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #128
20. Sewanee – University of the South – Sewanee, Tennessee
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #134
21. Earlham College – Richmond, Indiana
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #135
22. Kalamazoo College – Kalamazoo, Michigan
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #141
23. Lewis & Clark College – Portland, Oregon
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #146
24. Centre College – Danville, Kentucky
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #162
25. Thomas Aquinas College – Santa Paula, California
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #166
26. University of Dayton – Dayton, Ohio
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #171
27. Marquette University – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #173
28. Illinois Wesleyan University – Bloomington, Illinois
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #197
29. Gustavus Adolphus College – St. Peter, Minnesota
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #198
30. Saint Louis University – St. Louis, Missouri
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #199
31. Lawrence University – Appleton, Wisconsin
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #202
32. Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago, Illinois
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #207
33. Beloit College – Beloit, Wisconsin
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #209
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