Applying to the National College Match, like all of QuestBridge's programming and opportunities, is completely free of charge. If you are selected as a Finalist, our college partners will also automatically waive their application fees.
If you are selected as a Finalist for the National College Match, you will likely need to submit the CSS Profile to the college partners you apply to. The CSS Profile is a financial aid application administered by the College Board, and it is required for students applying for scholarships and financial aid by many private colleges, whether they apply through QuestBridge or through the normal admission process. The application costs $25 to complete and send to one college, plus $16 to send to each additional college you select. Please be aware that this fee is paid to the College Board, not to QuestBridge, and is a fee you will have to pay no matter how you apply to the same colleges, even if you do not apply to the National College Match. Fee waivers are available from the College Board for students from low-income households, and are determined automatically based on the information you enter in the form.
You may also need to send official test score reports from the College Board and ACT to some of the colleges you are applying to, which could also involve costs. You can find more information about sending official test score reports on the College Board and ACT websites. These are also costs that you could face even if you apply to these colleges on your own. You should take advantage of the four institutions you can select for free when you register for the tests. In some cases, fee waivers are available. If you are unable to submit official test scores to all of the colleges that require them due to financial difficulties, please contact the college admissions offices directly and ask if they will accept self-reported test scores or test scores sent by your school. Please review the testing requirements for each of our college partners (note: this page is updated by late summer each year).
Please also note that not all of our college partners require official test scores; many will accept self-reported test scores. You can go to each college's Application Requirements page for more details.