Analytic Quality Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-22, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 20 January, 2022 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2022.


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Application fee

core definition

An application fee is required by some institutions or sector organisations to process an application to study.

explanatory context

Application fee is different from tuition fee, which is the charge made by institutions to students to cover all or part of the cost of tuition. Some countries do not charge tuition fees regarding higher education as a social good not a private good.

analytical review

The Common Data Set of U.S. Higher Education Terminology (2010) states:

Application fee: That amount of money that an institution charges for processing a student's application for acceptance. This amount is not creditable toward tuition and required fees, nor is it refundable if the student is not admitted to the institution.

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Common Data Set of U.S. Higher Education Terminology, 2010, Glossary, available at, updated 10 November 2010, accessed 19 September 2012, not available 19 June 2019.

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