October 24, 2018

By: Naomi Pescovitz (KMSP Fox9 News)

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. (KMSP) - Minnesota State colleges and universities are using this week to boost applications by waiving application fees.

The college application process can get overwhelming. Gregory Williams was homeschooled before starting at Century College two years ago. 

“Being homeschooled, I was kind of like oblivious on how I would be able to get in,” said Williams.

Now that he’s attending college, Williams is still deciding between mechanical and computer engineering - a field, that’s interesting more students every year. 

“We’re definitely seeing in careers in technical education programs, due to the workforce needs in our state and so we’re seeing a lot more interest in our schools and sort of helping students explore those pathways,” said Minnesota State Director of College Transitions Jessica Espinosa.

To get more students on board, Minnesota State is waiving application fees all week long for its schools. Application fees typically range from $10 to $20, which can make all the difference for students still exploring all of their options. Last year, more than 40,000 students applied just during the month of October. 

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