N.Y. (WETM) — High school seniors are now able to apply to all SUNY schools, CUNY schools, and 40 private colleges for free this month.

According to Governor Hochul, this is the first time that some of New York’s private colleges are joining the state’s public colleges in waiving fees for students who apply during October, which is New York State College Application Month.

The purpose of the fee waivers is to encourage students who can’t afford these fees or might not apply for college to submit applications.

“As we embark on College Application Month, we are reminded that higher education is a critical pathway to success, and we must break down every barrier that stands in the way of students achieving their dreams,” said President of the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation Dr. Guillermo Linares. “Waived application fees provide an important tool for breaking down financial barriers and ensuring that every eligible student can realize their potential through higher education.”

All 64 SUNY schools are waiving their application fees from Oct. 16 through Oct. 29. These include SUNY Brockport, Finger Lakes Community College, and Monroe Community College.

New York State residents who are applying as freshmen can apply to all 25 CUNY schools for free between Oct. 16 and Oct. 31.

Other educational institutions such as RIT, St. John Fisher University, and Roberts Wesleyan University will also be waiving fees this month. A list of all private institutions waiving fees this month can be found on the Higher Education Services Corporation’s website.

New York State College Application Month is part of the American College Application Campaign. The national campaign began in North Carolina in 2005. The campaign grew to include all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and it has helped more than 4.2 million students submit more than 7.3 million college applications as of 2022. New York State joined the campaign in 2013.