Coalition Colleges to Offer Application Fee Waiver to U.S. Veterans and Service Members

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is proud to announce a new college application fee waiver for members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Participating Coalition colleges will allow veterans and current service members to apply for free through the Coalition’s online application; the waiver will be available in 2018 for students applying for the 2019-2020 academic year.

“This is a great opportunity for veterans and for enlisted men and women—and also for our members,” explains Annie Reznik, executive director of the Coalition, whose board introduced the waiver to honor the military service of veterans and encourage more veterans to apply to and graduate from college.

“Only four percent of all undergraduate students are veterans, and less than one-third of those veterans enroll at a four-year public or private university,” adds Reznik. “Our hope is that this waiver will not only inspire more veterans to apply to Coalition schools, but also convey that our members greatly value their service to our country, and now want to serve them. Plus, with their excellent track record of supporting students—and the graduation rates to prove it—Coalition schools are truly smart college choices for veterans.”

Adds Jim Cotter, Executive Director of Admissions and Recruitment at Michigan State University: “Michigan State University is proud to have been named a Gold-Level Veteran-Friendly School from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. We recognize that veterans who choose to pursue a college degree face unique challenges, and the Coalition application fee waiver is one more way in which we can help facilitate that transition and expand college access for veterans.”

Seamlessly integrated into the Coalition’s online application, the fee waiver is easy to use: Applicants simply indicate their status as “currently serving” or “previously served” in the U. S. Armed Forces, and a list of member schools that honor the waiver will be listed. Qualifying students will then automatically bypass the payment screen when they submit their application.

“The Coalition fee waiver represents a wise investment by many of our nation’s best colleges and universities to unlock the potential of today’s veterans to become tomorrow’s leaders,” says Jesse Reising, co-founder of the Warrior-Scholar Project, an organization that helps prepare veterans to succeed in college.

Across the country, Coalition members are working to create more opportunities for veterans to attend and graduate from their colleges and universities.

According to Clark V. Brigger, a veteran and Pennsylvania State University’s executive director of undergraduate admissions: “At Penn State, we strive to be an example of what higher education can do to support and address the needs of our nation's armed forces, veterans, and their families, such as hosting a veterans’ career fair, offering priority class registration for veterans, and granting in-state tuition to all eligible veterans and dependents receiving Chapter 33, Chapter 35, or Fry Scholarship benefits, regardless of residency. This application fee waiver is another very tangible way to express our commitment to veterans and military families.”

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is a group of colleges and universities across the U.S. that is committed to making college a reality for all students through its set of free online college planning tools, MyCoalition, that helps them learn about, prepare for, and apply to college.

For more information, contact: Annie Reznik, executive director, areznik@coalitionapp.org