Waiving applications fees for 2021

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is waiving all undergraduate admission application fees for the spring, summer and fall in 2021. (Photo by August Jennewein)

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is committed to eliminating barriers that might stand in the way of pursuing higher education.

To that end, UMSL announced this week that it is waiving all undergraduate admission application fees for spring, summer and fall applicants for 2021, and it will continue to waive supplemental fees for all online courses for the spring semester.

“We want to do everything possible to encourage students to pursue their academic goals and to consider UMSL as the place to advance their futures,” Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Marie Mora said. “These are challenging economic times, and anything we can do to lighten the burden on our students will help them move forward on their path toward a degree and success after graduation.”

The application fee waiver applies to all new undergraduate applications from both the United States and abroad.

UMSL first waived supplemental online courses fees – currently $62.30 per credit hour – last summer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has extended the waiver this fall.

UMSL has also adopted a test-optional admission policy for first-time college applicants for the fall 2021 term to support students who may not have access to standardized testing.

The university has continued offering a robust catalog of courses with high-quality instruction despite the pandemic. More than 60 percent of courses were fully online this semester with the remaining 40 percent beginning in a blended format and shifting to fully online for the final three weeks of the fall term.

UMSL has been first in Missouri in U.S. News & World Report’s Online Bachelor’s Program rankings the past three years, and Online Schools Report recently ranked it 14th nationally on its Most Affordable Online Colleges list.

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Steve Walentik

Steve Walentik