wait…they’re not free?
Not in America
Wait, where are they free?
literally everywhere else
YOU HAVE TO PAY JUST TO APPLY????
(This isn’t even the fucked up student loans this is literally the application alone???????)
I had to pay to apply for uni and I live in Australia… Where are you guys applying to get it for free??
For some reason I completely forgot about applying through UAC and VTAC etc etc and I thought it was like paying the university like a lot of money or like paying upfront or something weird rather than like $50 or $60 for ‘admin fees’ or something (should also mention it’s free if you don’t use UAC, you pay for their service, not to the university to actually apply)
You don’t usually apply directly to a university in Australia. You apply to the Admissions Board of the state you intend to study in. They use your previous qualifications as a guide and offer you a place at institutions that offer the courses you selected. This way, you can select multiple courses as backups and receive multiple offers to choose from. It increased your chances and give Universities a reason to up their game. However, the board is an independant entity, so requires a fee to operate. Though, you only pay the one fee to the board, instead of a fee to each place you apply to.
Just in case people weren’t clear, or curious.