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How to Qualify for Application Fee Waivers

Qualifying for college application fee waivers is simple. You must be currently enrolled in high school in the 11th or 12th grade and be a U.S. citizen. You qualify if any of the following statements are true:

You have received or are eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver.
You are enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
Your family's annual income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
You are enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
Your family receives public assistance.
You live in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home, or are homeless.
You are a ward of the state or an orphan.

You may also qualify based on your high school counselor's personal knowledge of your family circumstances.

Applying for College Application Fee Waivers

If the college offers a fee waiver, the application and instructions should be included in the application provided by the college. You can also access fee waiver applications through the Common Application, the Universal College Application, and the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Your application must be signed by your high school counselor or other authorized counselor. Note that the college will verify your information using your FAFSA.

SAT Fee Waivers Double as College Application Fee Waivers

Test registration fee waivers are available to qualified students taking SAT admission tests. You can also use these waivers to reduce or eliminate admission application fees at up to four participating colleges. Most U.S. colleges participate in this program.

What is a Fee Waiver?

Most college applications require a fee. The exact amount depends on the school, but the fees commonly hover around $60. The purpose of the application fee is to help the college or university you are applying to pay for the cost of reviewing your application and making an admissions decision.

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