3 Fees to Pay After You’re Accepted to College
You’ve been accepted to college. Now what? Most likely you’ll need to pay a few college fees, which could range from about $50 up to hundreds of dollars, depending on the college. Before you apply, ask an admissions counselor what fees you’ll need to pay if you’re accepted, so there won’t be any surprises and so that you and your parents can plan to set money aside to pay these fees.
Here’s a list of four fees you should be ready to pay after you’re accepted to your dream college.
1. Deposit/Enrollment Fee.
Also called a “New Student Fee,” paying this fee holds your spot and confirms your intent to enroll at a particular college. You’ll want to pay this fee as soon after your acceptance as possible. At some schools, this fee may be refundable until a certain date, while other schools may consider this a nonrefundable fee. If you do actually enroll and start classes at the school, the fee is usually put toward your tuition bill.
Deposit fees range greatly. For example, Baldwin Wallace University (OH) has a fee of $200, while Kansas University’s fee is $350 and Winthrop University’s (SC) fee is $300.
2. Housing Deposit.
After (or even when) you submit your deposit fee, you’ll need to submit a housing application and deposit. This fee reserves your spot in a college dorm, if you plan to live on campus. At some schools, the earlier you submit the housing application and deposit, the better your chances of getting your first choice of residence hall or dorm room style. Housing deposits are usually nonrefundable.
Again, these fees vary greatly depending on the college. For example, the housing deposit is $125 at Millersville University (PA), $100 at Georgia Southern University and $250 at Virginia Commonwealth University.
3. New Student Orientation Fee.
College orientation is a great time to get to know other students, find your way around campus and more, but many colleges charge a fee for this important event. The fee usually covers meals, housing and programming (such as an outing to a comedy club to build community or a keynote speaker who talks about transitioning to college).
Fees for orientation vary even more than other college fees. For example, the orientation fee is $40 at New Mexico State University, $120 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, $140 at Winthrop University and $325 at Millersville University.
In addition to paying these (and possibly other) fees, there may be several things you need to do after you’re accepted, such as submit final high school transcripts, take placement exams and more. Check your college’s website for an “Admitted Students” page, which should have a list of the next steps in the admissions process. If you have any questions, contact an admissions counselor at your college.