CUNY Application Fees Waived for Low-Income Public School Students 

(DNAINFO) Amy Zimmer | September 27, 2016 — The de Blasio administration has a plan to help 37,000 seniors applying to CUNY programs.

By the time New York City’s low-income high school students reach their senior year, they’ve already overcome many hurdles in their bid to get into college: staying in school, remaining focused and getting good grades.

Now the city is looking to remove one barrier to smooth their college admissions process: waiving the $65 application fee to all City University of New York programs for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch, among other eligibility requirements.

The move is expected to help an estimated 37,000 students a year, up from the 6,500 students who are currently eligible for CUNY application fee waivers.

“With ‘College Access to All,’ there’s a sense that everything you’re doing is leading up to going to college,” Bill de Blasio announced Monday. “We knew that something as narrow as the application fee was standing in the way.”

The city is putting $2 million towards the initiative as part of de Blasio’s “Equity and Excellence” agenda, while CUNY is paying the rest.

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