Quick, Free Application Has Saved eVersity Applicants More Than $220,000

Remaining true to its strong belief that getting back into college should be easy, the University of Arkansas System eVersity’s quick, free application has saved applicants more than $220,000 since it began taking applications in 2015.

According to a U.S. News and World Report annual survey about application fees, filling out a college application costs potential students on average $44. About one-third of the nearly 1,000 institutions surveyed charged applicants more than $75, with the highest topping out at $90.

“Not only have we remained vigilant about having a free application, we’ve also made the application itself as quick and painless as possible,” said Michael Moore, Ph.D., chief academic/operating officer at eVersity. “We built this institution on the premise that, ‘College should be hard, but going to college should not.’ That means knocking down all of the existing barriers that cause hardworking people who simply want to finish their degree headaches so they can focus on actually doing rigorous coursework. As a new institution in 2015, we’ve been able to do that in all of our processes and students love us for that.”

Charging application fees is considered to be the norm among higher education institutions. In most cases, that initial payment is the first sign of many fees to come in the enrollment process for college applicants. Even if applicants are denied admission or change their mind to attend, the application fees are generally non-refundable. At eVersity, the only payment students make is a flat, extremely affordable $175 per credit hour.

“It was so easy fast and easy to apply, and it was absolutely free,” said Latonya Cockrell, an eVersity graduate. “That was the first thing that made me realize I made the right choice in going back to college.”