COSTS OF APPLYING TO COLLEGE
Application fees are a part of the college process. According to a US News & World Report, the average undergraduate application fee in 2019 was $43, while $50 was the most common application fee amount. The most expensive schools have fees of around $80 to $90, including Stanford, Duke, and Columbia University. At a minimum, students will need to spend between $50 and $65 for the SAT or ACT and another $12 to have their test scores sent to the college they are applying to. Students who want to go "all-out" can expect to pay a few hundred to a few thousand dollars in test preparation, then there's the cost of an on-campus visit; depending upon how far you live from the school, this might be the cost of driving across town or the price of a round-trip plane ticket and hotel room.
THE BIGGEST MYTH
The biggest myth about scholarships is that there are no expenses for the Foundation that awards scholarships to process applications. To process applications, the CC Taylor Foundation pays thousands of dollars each year in expenses that could otherwise be used toward funding scholarships.
WHY SPONSOR AN APPLICATION?
We have costs associated with our mission that you can help defray by sponsoring an application for either an undergraduate student, a clinical pastoral education student, or a seminary scholar. When you sponsor an application, you enable us to fund and offer our applicants an Application Fee Waiver program.
An Application Fee Waiver enables students whose financial condition would make paying the application fee burdensome to still apply for a scholarship from our Foundation.
The CC Taylor Foundation Application Fee Waiver requirements follow the College Board's conditions. Applicant's family's annual income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (provided below).
- Applicant is enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., Federal TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
- Applicant family receives public assistance.
- Applicant lives in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home, or is homeless.
- Applicant is a ward of the state or an orphan.