kathiep, while I wouldn't (didn't), some people would apply to a college based MAINLY on the fact that the fee was waived. I would think that this would be especially true for kids who were moderately interested in X college before, but weren't going to apply under normal situations--having the fee waived pushed them into the apply category. Some people might also start to consider a college that offers to waive their app fee. I think it also happens that the fee waiver often accompanies an easy, specialized/priority/whatever application, which helps to convince some kids. Personally, I just took it as a nice perk that 3 of my schools (Carleton, Wellesley, and Case Western Reserve) waived their application fee.