Application Fees – A New Episode of My Podcast – Equipment Test!

Equipment Test Podcast Microphone Over Desk

I still don’t really have a good reason why, but I’m still making my podcast every weekend. It’s called Equipment Test! and it’s just me reading my short stories and talking about my blog. I figure I’ll just recored an awful episode every weekend while I’m alive and maybe in like 10 years it’ll be an okay podcast.

This week’s episode is about an application fee for a low-residency MFA program that really kind of rubbed me the wrong way.

How Do I Feel About Application Fees?

With the powers I gained from my MBA, I understand some of the reasons that for application fees probably exist. For instance, they keep admission departments from being as overwhelmed. They even provide some additional funding. Application fees also encourage people to really think about the programs they apply to. At the same time, I feel like there are limits to what’s reasonable what isn’t. Everyone probably has a different idea of what that limit is.

Some universities are doing away with application fees, others are doubling down. There is probably still a lot of planning for alternative ways to fund departments and programs if tuition were to be cut by the government at some point.

Listen to the episode Equipment Test! below. It’s also available on Apple Podcasts and other platforms.

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You can find previous episodes at If you like the short story I read in this episode, check out my other stories that I post on my blog on Fridays.

By Eric Shay Howard

Eric Shay Howard lives in Indianapolis. He's a teacher, a literary editor, and writer. He's a graduate student in the Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA in Creative Writing program at Eastern Kentucky University. He also has MBA and BA degrees.

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