IUPUI waives application fee for IPS students

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IUPUI will waive its application fee for IPS students, the school announced Monday.

The free admission application will begin with IPS students who graduate next spring and apply for admission to the university in the fall of 2015.

"Waiving the application fee for all IPS students promotes access to a college education, making the process easier on students and their families," said Nasser Paydar, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at IUPUI.

IPS Superintendent Lewis Ferebee said the waiver was "wonderful news" for students in his district.

"IUPUI joins us in promoting the philosophy that post-secondary education is a platform that offers young people stronger opportunities to excel in life," Ferebee said. "It is evidenced in many ways that IUPUI is a strong supporter of Indianapolis Public Schools; waiving the application fee further illustrates their ongoing commitment to our students' success."

The move goes along with a plan IPS announced May 27 to provide free meal to all of its students. IUPUI waives the application fee for students from districts who received free and reduced-price meals.

"Waiving the application fee for IPS students reinforces our commitment to community schools," said Chris Foley, director of undergraduate admissions at IUPUI. "IUPUI has a number of institutional partnerships with IPS, and this seems like a natural thing to do. We would like to see as many students from IPS take advantage of it as possible."