Application Fees?

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Application Fees?

Postby jhgmath » Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:22 pm

Sooo... I'm a poor lady. I have a full time job, but I pay my rent, my entire family's car insurance, and my parents' rent as well. I really don't have a lot of money to spare.

I am setting aside what I can for application fees this fall, along with the money spent on both GRE's (the fee reduction for those is only half, so that's still $104 and $75.) I want to fire off applications to about 6-8 schools. I obviously will find ones I click with well, but I would also really like to toss an applications at the cheaper ones. Ohio State's is $5, Carnegie Mellon is free, does anyone have any suggestions for low cost/free application fees?

This seems like a dumb thing to consider, but being broke suuuucks :cry:

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Re: Application Fees?

Postby mjc89 » Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:31 pm

I'm going to assume you're applying to pure math programs, though for my suggestion it doesn't really make much of a difference.

In general you probably shouldn't randomly apply to places based on their application fee. Take a look at the grad programs on this list: ... s-rankings. The first thing you must do is research these departments and figure out which ones best match your interests. This should only take a few days. While you're doing this, you can easily check each program's application fee on the corresponding department's website.

Applying to places that you're not interested in anyway would be a waste of money. Try to narrow your choices down to a few you want to go to in an affordable range.

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Re: Application Fees?

Postby eulerphi » Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:38 pm

Most programs have a process to waive the application fee if it would be a financial burden. I would take a look at schools you are interested in and see if they have an option like this. You could also reach out to department chairs and grad school deans. I would say this is a better option that just picking places to apply because they have a low fee.

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