You may be eligible for a college application fee waiver

If you can’t afford the expense of college’s application fees, you may be eligible to apply for schools at no cost.Stanford

Here’s how you can qualify for an application fee waiver and other ways you can save on application costs.

You have to meet one of the following requirements:

  • You qualified for an SAT/ACT test waiver
  • You are enrolled in or are eligible for the National School Lunch Program
  • Your household income is within the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s income eligibility guidelines
  • You’re enrolled in a federal or state program that assists low-income families, such as Upward Bound
  • Your family receives public assistance or welfare benefits
  • You live in federally subsidized public housing, are in foster care or are homeless
  • You are a ward of the state or have been orphaned.

If you don’t qualify for a waiver, there are still ways you can save money on application fees. While many colleges and universities charge application fees, there are several that don’t. You can save money by  only applying to schools that don’t charge fees.

Some schools offer incentives to encourage prospective students to tour the campus or interview with the admissions department. The college may waive your application fee if you meet those requirements, regardless of your income.

Some universities have their own fee waiver programs for students who don’t meet the criteria for waivers from other programs. With these programs, you’ll be issued a college application fee waiver code you can use to apply online. Contact your selected school’s admissions office to see if there is a specific waiver code you can use.

Once you’re accepted, you can start thinking about how to pay for your education. You can begin the process of applying for financial aid and scholarships at

Do you Qualify for a College Application Fee Waiver?