Hey there! I'm a junior and I'm starting to think about college applications. I know application fees can add up, so I'm wondering how I can request fee waivers. Can you guys give me some advice on how to do this? I'd really appreciate it!
Hi there! It's great that you're already thinking about college applications and being proactive about managing the costs. Requesting a college application fee waiver is quite simple. First, check if you're eligible for a fee waiver. There are a few criteria that you may meet, such as receiving free or reduced-price lunch, being enrolled in a TRIO or Upward Bound program, or having family income within the Income Eligibility Guidelines. If you're unsure, talk to your high school counselor who can help you determine if you qualify.
Next, approach your high school counselor to request a fee waiver. They'll usually have forms or electronic codes for you to use when applying to colleges. If you're using the Common Application, you can request a fee waiver right on the application itself. Just make sure to have your counselor approve it.
Lastly, don't hesitate to reach out to the admissions offices of the colleges you're interested in. They may have their own fee waiver process or additional advice on how to make your application more affordable. Good luck with your college journey!