Common App Fee Waiver

The goal of Common App is to extend the reach of education to the farthest of places and help as many people as people in their search for education, learning, and knowledge.

Updated by Harsh Rao on 27th February 2020

Common App is an NPO that represents a huge number of educational institutions, colleges, and universities. The goal of this organization is to extend the reach of education to the farthest of places and help as many people as people in their search for education, learning, and knowledge.

Most of the efforts made by the Common App are directed towards the following:

  • Closing the gap between education and the people who seek it

  • Help in the upbringing of the supporters of education

  • Providing services and assistance to the students and the educational institutions

  • Benefitting member-institutions via providing them with data and information

One of the various facilities provided to the students by the Common App is the Fee Waiver service. Fee Waiver is a discount provided by an institution in terms of a student’s educational expense requirements. This helps in reducing the burden of debt laid upon the students and their families by a little.

A fee waiver is not monetary assistance, but only a reduction in your overall fees.

The eligibility for a fee waiver varies from one institution to another. The students need to pay the remaining fee amount by themselves. In case you are a postgraduate student, you might even apply for a full-fees fee waiver.

The Common App Fee Waiver’s member institutions specifically focus on the reduction of the application fees that poses as a hurdle in a student’s application process. These institutions individually evaluate students whether they are eligible to receive a fee waiver or not, based on their individual needs and characteristics.

You are eligible for the Common App Fee Waiver if you have:

  • Received or are eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver

  • Enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL)

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

  • Enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families

  • Been receiving public assistance

  • Residency in a federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or are homeless

  • Proof of being a ward of the state or an orphan

  • The provision of a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader