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    How Fee Waivers Can Help With College Admission Costs

    Fee waivers can allow eligible low-income students to take college admittance tests (such as the SAT or ACT) and apply to college without paying the costs associated with either.
    By Diane Melville - Updated: February 19, 2016

    What You'll Learn

    • Who's eligible for fee waivers.
    • Costs these waivers can cover.
    • Whom to talk with about getting a waiver.
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    Anyone who has ever gone through the college admissions process knows that it can be an expensive endeavor. College application fees can cost as much as $90, taking the SAT/ACT is going to run you a good $50/test, and random other costs (postage, CSS Profile fees, etc.) will cost you even more.

    Multiplied by the six or seven schools that the average student applies to, and it adds up to a lot of dough! Luckily, this process doesn't have to be a burden for students who qualify as low income because fee waivers can help them eliminate most of these costs.

    What Are Fee Waivers?

    A fee waiver allows a low-income student to go through the college admissions process without incurring a lot of expenses.

    Who Qualifies For Fee Waivers?

    Fee waivers are generally available to students who qualify as "low income" by certain federal guidelines. High school students should check with their guidance counselor to determine if they meet these qualifications.

    What Can I Use Fee Waivers For?

    There are two types of fee waivers for the college admissions process: testing fee waivers and college application fee waivers.

    • Testing fee waivers: A testing fee waiver allows a low-income student to register for the ACT and/or SAT for free.
    • Admission application fee waivers: An admission fee waiver allows a low-income student to apply to a college/university without paying an application fee.

    Where Can I Get A Fee Waiver?

    You should discuss all questions that you have about fee waivers (such as "am I eligible?" and "can I have a fee waiver now, please?") with your guidance counselor; if you're a nontraditional student, check with the financial aid office of schools that you want to apply to.

    You may not be able to get a fee waiver for EVERY school that you apply to, but you can eliminate a huge percentage of your overall college admissions' cost just by setting up a meeting with a counselor.

    Por Diane Melville - Actualizado: 19 febrero 2016
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