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RPS Seniors Can Apply to Historically Black Colleges and Universities for Free

Richmond Public Schools students can apply to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) for free, thanks to a partnership between RVA Future, RPS Education Foundation and Common Black College Application (CBCA).

The CBCA allows students across the nation to apply to over 50 HBCUs for a one-time service fee, but the fee has been waived for RPS seniors, providing them with the opportunity to apply to any number of the colleges and universities on the CBCA for free.

“RPS students complete an average of 3-5 college applications during their senior year,” said Tracy Brower, Program Manager for RVA Future. “This is a great opportunity because it helps to alleviate the financial burden of applying to college while expanding the types of schools our students are applying to.”

The goal of the partnership is to assist students in overcoming the financial barriers that prevent some students from applying to colleges and universities. A recent U.S. News and World Report ranked the application fees of nearly 1,000 colleges for the fall of 2016 and found that the average cost was $43, with the most common fee being $50. By waiving the usual $35 fee of the CBCA, RPS students may apply to multiple HBCUs (local and out-of-state) at no cost and increase their opportunities to receive admissions offers and financial aid/scholarship dollars from these institutions.


“We welcome the opportunity to partner with RPS and RVA,” said Robert Mason, founder of CBCA. “It is imperative students have options when deciding what college to attend and how their education can be financed. This partnership will help to provide those options.”

The CBCA is currently being accepted from now until April 2019. Students interested in applying should see their Future Centers Director or school counselors for the CBCA waiver code.

For more information, visit https://commonblackcollegeapp.com/.