Florida Gulf Coast University will waive application fees for one week for prospective students from the state of Florida due to the effects of Hurricane Irma.
FGCU announced that the typical $30 application fee will be waived for Florida applicants who apply from Oct. 22-28. University President Michael Martin said the idea originally came from education advocacy group Champions for Learning.
“We discussed doing something to assist students who live in our five-county Southwest Florida region after seeing how Irma disrupted the lives of many families,” said Martin, who became FGCU president in July. “But after considering how Florida Power & Light has said this storm caused the most widespread damage in its history — affecting all 35 Florida counties it serves — we decided the right thing to do was waive the application fee for all Florida residents. Every little bit helps in times of crisis.”
Typically, universities do offer fee waivers for applicants facing financial hardships, as the cost of applying to multiple schools, and their nonrefundable application fees, can add up. And with many families in Southwest Florida still trying to return to normalcy between the costs of preparation and recovery, the demand for relief from the costs of college application are much higher than the norm.
“We hope it will encourage students to apply earlier, reduce the financial burden on their families, and remove the waiver-process burden from high school counselors – many of whom are still dealing with post-hurricane students without permanent housing,” said Dean Batchelder, associate director of undergraduate recruitment at FGCU.
During the fee-free week, applicants can use the code “FREEAPP2017,” while completing the online application on FGCU’s website. It will only work for Florida residents, and only from Oct. 22-28.
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