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Fees Can Add Up. But You Might Not Need to Pay Them. College Cost 

Fees Can Add Up. But You Might Not Need to Pay Them.

Many colleges offer application-fee waivers to encourage students to apply regardless of financial difficulty or other circumstances. Check the school’s website or call the admissions office and ask. Fee waivers are more available than most students realize. Here are some of the special circumstances that can save you money:

21st Century Scholars: If you’re a 21st Century Scholar, you may receive automatic fee waivers at some Indiana colleges.

Campus Visits: Some colleges award an automatic fee waiver to students who have participated in a campus visit day. If you’re planning on visiting, ask about fee waivers.

Veterans and their Children: You may be applying to a college that waives application fees for children of veterans, or may offer you a free application if you are a veteran. 

Financial Need: If you show financial need, most colleges are able to provide financial assistance. If you aren’t sure if you can afford the fee, ask the college if it can be waived.

Foster Children: Foster children, orphans and wards of the state can receive a fee waiver through the NACAC fee waiver (see below), which must be approved by your school counselor. If you are a foster child or orphan, your college may automatically waive your application fee.

Free and Reduced Lunch: If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, you may also automatically qualify for a fee waiver. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch can also take the SAT and ACT for free. Ask your school counselor for more information.

NACAC/ School Counselor Waiver: The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) offers a fee waiver for students whose families have an income below federal poverty level, who participate in the 21st Century Scholars program, who live in federally subsidized public housing, whose families receive public assistance or who meet other criteria. In order to receive the NACAC fee waiver, you must submit an application through your school counselor. 

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