NY Times reports that more than 100 colleges have eliminated their application fees. An idea whose time has come, right? With students applying to 10, 15, or even 20 schools, these fees, at $40 or $50 a pop, add up to real money, and a burden for all but wealthy families.
Not so fast. If students are even now trying their luck with all these colleges, how many will they apply to if it doesn’t cost anything? Fifty? A hundred? I have a one-word reaction to that prospect.
What’s more, the Times article suggests that some of the colleges have a rather cynical ulterior motive for dramatically upping the number of applicants. That’s right, the dreaded US News and World Report rankings, wherein the more students you reject, percentage-wise, the better you do.