A top city education official on Thursday suggested a relatively inexpensive way to boost the number of high school students who go to college – pay their application fee.
Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky said the department is considering paying the $65 application fee for high school students applying to the City University of New York, which he said would cost the city about $500,000 annually.
CUNY currently gives schools “a very limited quantity” of waivers to distribute to their neediest students, but doesn’t accept waivers from other groups, such as the College Board, according to CUNY application forms. The department’s plan would pay the fees of some 6,600 students annually with “an economic need” who are not currently covered by the waivers, according to a department spokesman.
Polakow-Suransky said that every year some students who don’t get waivers balk at the fee and decide either not to apply or to wait until a time when they can afford it – which may never arrive.
He added that the plan is still in the works, but that CUNY has expressed interest.
While they're at it, provide two additional fee waivers to SUNY schools for all state students.
Governor Cuomo can hit up his hedge fundie buddies for the dough or better yet, stop paying Hollywood to make movies here that they can't make anywhere else anyway.