The State University of New York, City University of New York and 40 private schools in the state will have free application opportunities for high school seniors throughout the month of October, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday.

This is the first time that SUNY, CUNY and more than 40 private institutions will join together to waive application fees.

"Education is the backbone of our society, and I am committed to providing opportunities that support every student’s journey to a higher education,” Hochul said in a statement. “Removing financial barriers enables students who may not have considered completing an application due to financial constraints to take the first steps of their educational journey. I urge all seniors in the state to apply to at least one college this month and make the most of this unprecedented initiative.”

SUNY will waive its application fees across all 64 colleges and universities between Oct. 16 and Oct. 29.

CUNY will waive its application fees between Oct. 16 and Oct. 31.

Fee waivers at private institutions vary.

The complete list of participating colleges and universities can be found here.