a year ago
Admissions Advice

What happens if my Common App fee waiver is not signed?

I am eligible to receive a common app fee waiver. I saw that my counselor needs to sign for confirmation but when I talked to him, he said he doesn't need to do anything. It still says "fee waiver not started" on my common app. The deadline to submit documents has passed and I don't know what the colleges are going to do. Does anyone know what I should do or what is going to happen?


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a year ago

If you answered "YES" to this common app question

"Do you feel that your financial circumstances might qualify you for an application fee waiver?"


Checked off any of these boxes

You must meet at least one of the following indicators of economic need to qualify for an application fee waiver. Select all that apply:

I have received or am eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver

I am enrolled in or am eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL)

My annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service

I am enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound)

My family receives public assistance

I live in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or am homeless

I am a ward of the state or an orphan

I can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader

I certify that I understand and meet the eligibility requirements to request an admission application fee waiver. I also understand if I am a first year student my counselor will be asked to verify my eligibility.

And signed

Fee Waiver signature:

Then you did your job.

It is up to each and every college to determine whether or not to accept the fee waiver and they might contact you and ask you to pay if they deem it necessary.

Question for you.

I'm assuming you are writing about 1 Early Decision school or EA school correct but most of the deadlines for RD are a 1 1/2 months out from here.

Therefore, why did you decide to use the Common App instead of the Coalition App?

On the coalition app, you do not need your counselors to sign anything if you are applying for fee waivers. You just check off what you are eligible and give you fee waivers for all 150 schools. Plus there is more opportunities to add information about your self. You can upload videos, graded papers, news articles about you etc in your Coalition locker. If you don't know about this alternative college application portal that many schools accept, I highly suggest you consider it. At least look at it. It will avoid future headaches about fee waivers.


Good luck


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