Barbara Bellesi, Writer, Editor, and Educator
Hi there. I'm not sure if you are aware, but there are resources out there that can help students afford the fees associated with college admission applications. Here is one link you should take a look at: http://www.nacacnet.org/studentinfo/feewaiver/pages/default.aspx There may be other opportunities to have application fees waived. Check in with the individual schools to see if you qualify for fee waiver.
That said, it might feel as though your chances are greater if you apply to more schools. However, what you should really focus on is matching your academic record and accomplishments with a college or university that will prepare you for the next stage of your life. Think quality, not quantity when it comes to applying to colleges.