Free college application week in Indiana "misguided"

June 28, 2010

To get more Indiana high school seniors to apply to state post-secondary institutions, the Indiana Higher Education Commission launched its "College Go!" initiative late last summer, which allowed students to apply to state schools for free during one week in October. Some enrolment officials say the well-intended program was misguided and caused problems -- staff wasted hundreds of hours sorting through applications, many of them incomplete, and trying to follow up with students who had no intention of attending college. Changes will be made to the initiative this fall, with an earlier date for the free application week and less pressure on colleges to waive application fees. Associated Press