What is the Common Application?

The Common Application is a single online college application form used by over 900 colleges and universities. Instead of filling out the same general information—like your address, GPA, and extracurriculars— a dozen times, you only have to do it once.

How much does the Common Application cost?
The platform itself is free to use, but every college charges their own application processing fee (usually $30 to $75 for U.S. applicants and more for international applicants). You can apply for a fee waiver if you need one.

How do you apply for a fee waiver?
The Common App Fee Waiver waives the application fee of any college you apply to through Common App. You can find the Common App Fee Waiver in the Profile section of the Common App tab. To apply for this fee waiver:

  1. Answer “Yes” to the fee waiver statement.
  2. Select all the indicators in the list that apply to you.
  3. Enter your signature to certify your request.
    Note: Your counselor will also be asked to confirm that you are eligible for this waiver. You will still be able to submit your application without a fee while your counselor confirms.
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