Beginning August 1, the start of the application season for Texas Christian University’s Class of 2022, the application fee will be waived for all first- generation applicants. First-generation has been defined as a student whose parents have not received a four-year college degree. Heath Einstein, Dean of Admission, said, “As we endeavor to create an even more diverse campus, opening pathways to underserved students is critical. The application fee, which is nominal to much of our applicant pool, is a barrier to entry for others.”
TCU’s application fee has been $40 (for domestic students) for many years, which places us on the “reasonably priced” side compared to most peer institutions. Still, Einstein said, it’s onerous for some.
A new question has been added to the application that will direct first-generation applicants to waive the application fee. An additional benefit to asking this question is that we will have the data on how many first-generation students enroll at TCU. The Office of Admission will share this data with Student Development Services, which will prompt an invitation to these students to participate in the Leaders 4 Life mentorship program established a few years ago.
Einstein said, “More than merely signaling to underserved communities that TCU is an inclusive environment, waiving the application fee will broaden this campus’s vitality.”