NACAC’s Inclusion, Access, and Success (IAS) Committee recently crafted an article addressing the financial micro-barriers students from low-income backgrounds face in the college admission process. Given these obstacles, the committee suggested NACAC offer an enrollment deposit waiver for students experiencing significant financial hardship. Similar to NACAC’s current application fee waiver, the enrollment deposit waiver is used by students to request a fee waiver or deferral. A supplemental document outlines additional ways students can advocate for themselves to get the support they need. NACAC and the IAS Committee understand the importance of the enrollment deposit and acknowledge waiving the fee is not feasible for every postsecondary institution. The hope is colleges and universities will continue to be supportive and flexible regarding financial hardships for our most marginalized students, especially during these uncertain times.
NACAC Enrollment Deposit Fee Waiver can be completed without having to print it. Students should download the form on their computers, fill out the form, add a signature using the “Fill & Sign” button on the top right of the PDF, and save it on their computers.
Applicants who are not eligible for a Pell Grant, but whose annual family income falls within the form's alternate income eligibility guidelines, may self-certify their eligibility.
Special Coronavirus Note: Normally, the enrollment deposit fee waiver requires signatures from the student and counselor (or other educator) to attest to need. However, during the coronavirus disruption, students or counselors can submit the waiver directly to colleges and universities if obtaining both signatures is a hardship. Simply note that obtaining the second signature constitutes a hardship, and send the form directly to the admission office. Postsecondary institutions are encouraged to consider fee waivers without either the student or counselor signature due to nationwide school closures.
Learn more about other fee waivers:
NACAC's Undergraduate Fee Waiver
Students who have limited financial resources and meet the requirements below may use the NACAC Request for Application Fee Waiver Form when applying for college.