Application Fee Waiver

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage post-secondary institutions to be flexible in accepting the NACAC application fee waiver without a student signature. For those of you advising students to use the waiver, please encourage them to note on the form that their schools are closed due to the COVID-19 emergency.

Students who have limited financial resources may use the NACAC Request for Admission Application Fee Waiver form when applying for college. The purpose of this form is to ensure equitable postsecondary access and thus is intended for first-time undergraduate applicants who meet one or more of the economic need criteria identified on the form.

Below are the steps for completing and submitting the NACAC Request for Admission Application Fee Waiver form (please note that the form must be printed out and completed with pen):

Step 1. The student writes the name of the college or university on the top line.

Step 2. The student completes the Student section and checks the appropriate box(es) in the Economic Need section. If none of the traditional boxes apply, the student should check "Other request..." and briefly explain their financial need for an application fee waiver on the lines provided.

Step 3. A school counselor, postsecondary support personnel, or principal at the student's school OR an official from a community-based organization completes the Authorized Official section and verifies the student's economic eligibility.

Step 4. When steps 1-3 are completed, send this form directly to the institution's office of admission. The student should contact the office of admission to determine the school's accepted mode of delivery (e.g., mail, email, fax). The student should follow up with the office of admission 2-4 weeks post submission to check on the approval status.

If you have any questions or require additional information about the application fee waiver form, please review our Frequently Asked Questions. Contact Tiziana Marchante with further questions.

Information about other fee waivers:


NACAC's Transfer Fee Waiver (students transferring from an institution)

CollegeBoard's SAT Fee Waiver

ACT Fee Waiver

Applying for a Fee Waiver


Who should use the form?


Criteria and more.


Questions and answers.