Brown University is dropping application fees for low-income students following a student campaign run by student leaders from elite universities.
Before the campaign -led by Brown University Student Viet Nguyen- low- income students could ask for a fee waiver at Brown. But Nguyen and other students argued a lot of applicants didn’t know about the waiver or how to go about filing it.
The new policy at Brown eliminates the requirement to pay an application fee if a student is eligible for free lunch through the National School Lunch Program, or similar programs.
The group of students who penned the letter to Brown in February represented Columbia University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and others.
The new policy is expected to begin with the class entering fall of 2018.