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Common App fee waiver eligibility?

Hey guys, I was just wondering about the income requirements for Common App fee waivers. My family's income isn't the highest, and I want to see if we might qualify for a waiver. Can someone help me understand the eligibility criteria?

7 months ago

Sure, I'd be happy to help you understand the eligibility criteria for Common App fee waivers. To qualify for a fee waiver, you need to demonstrate financial need. The Common App provides several indicators of economic need, and you typically need to meet at least one of these criteria:

1. You have received or are eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver.

2. Your family receives public assistance.

3. Your family's annual income falls within the USDA Income Eligibility Guidelines for free or reduced-priced lunch.

4. You are enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (for example, TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).

5. Your family's financial circumstances have been affected by an emergency, crisis, or natural disaster.

6. You live in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home, or you are homeless.

7. You are a ward of the state or an orphan.

Keep in mind that each college or university may have its own fee waiver policies, so it's always a good idea to check with the specific institutions you're applying to for their requirements.

To request a fee waiver on the Common App, you can select the "Fee Waiver" option in the "Profile" section. You'll need to select your eligibility criteria and provide a brief explanation if needed. Your high school counselor or another authorized school official will need to verify your eligibility.

I hope this information helps, and best of luck with your college applications!

7 months ago

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