RANKED: The 25 colleges that make the most money from students' application fees
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- A typical college application fee is around $50, but some schools charge up to $150.
- LendEDU analyzed data from the National Center for Education Statistics to create its latest report on colleges that earn the most revenue off students' applications.
- Eight campuses in the University of California system - where the application fee is $70 - ranked in the top 25.
College is a huge financial undertaking, and the costs start racking up well before you enroll in your choice school.LendEDU recently released its annual ranking of the colleges that make the most money off of student applications. The student-loan information site analyzed data from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and reported how much revenue 500 American colleges and universities earn from application fees for the 2016-17 academic year.Advertisement
LendEDU notes that the revenue figures are estimates based on the number of applicants and the school's application fee. Some colleges offer discounted or waived application fees for need-based financial aid students.
The top of the list is full of blue and gold. Eight campuses in the University of California system - where the application fee is $70 and the number of applicants ranges from over 42,000 to 97,000 - ranked in the top 25.Below, take a look at the top 25 colleges that earned the most revenue off student applications last year, ranked from lowest to highest.
25. Harvard University
24. Purdue University (main campus)Advertisement
23. University of California, Riverside
22. University of Washington, SeattleAdvertisement
21. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
20. Fordham UniversityAdvertisement
19. Columbia University
18. San Diego State UniversityAdvertisement
17. California State University, Long Beach
16. University of California, Santa CruzAdvertisement
15. Pennsylvania State University (main campus)
14. The University of Texas, AustinAdvertisement
13. Cornell University
12. Northeastern UniversityAdvertisement
11. Stanford University
10. University of Michigan, Ann ArborAdvertisement
9. New York University
8. University of Southern CaliforniaAdvertisement
7. Boston University
6. University of California, DavisAdvertisement
5. University of California, Santa Barbara
4. University of California, IrvineAdvertisement
3. University of California, Berkeley
2. University of California, San DiegoAdvertisement
1. University of California, Los Angeles
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