Our member colleges want to make sure that application fees do not pose a barrier for any student who wishes to apply for admission. If you feel that your financial circumstances might qualify you for an application fee waiver, you can request a fee waiver on the Profile screen in the Common Application Fee Waiver section.
You must meet at least one of the following indicators of economic need:
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 annual family 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 a federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or are homeless.
You are a ward of the state or an orphan.
You can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader.
International applicants may be eligible for the Common App fee waiver. If you meet at least one of the indicators of economic need outlined in the Common App fee waiver question, please indicate so on your application. However, it is up to each individual school to determine if they will accept your fee waiver request. If a school determines you do not qualify for an application fee waiver, they may ask you to pay the application fee after submission.