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Can you waive an enrollment fee and who would I contact?

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I am a student who is going to an out of state university and my expected family contribution is $0. I am committed to going to this college, but if I could waive some fees such as enrollments, housing application, orientation that would relieve some of the financial burden

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Alexandria’s Answer

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Yes! Depending on where you apply you usually should be able to. Some colleges with have an EOP program (equal opportunity program) that will help pay for those fees.

I'd even try applying and (if you can ) pay for it at the moment then see if you can get it reimbursed from the college. You can always reach out to financial aid if that fails. Best of luck!

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Danielle’s Answer

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If you type "fee waiver" into the search box at the institution you're interested in going to, they are going to have at least one or two pages dedicated to how you can apply for a fee waiver. Generally they are very good about spelling out their requirements and providing an application for you to fill out. The "Common App" also has a fee waiver form you fill out. Your school guidance counselor often has to fill out the forms with you and your family, so I would suggest visiting them to talk about this specifically. I am confident they're already going to have a set process/form they use to help students with that. Here is an example of what one might look like: https://www.nacacfairs.org/globalassets/college-fair--homepage/ncf-documents/applicationfeewaiverform.pdf this will help you think about/start collecting information that those applicaions might ask for.

Danielle recommends the following next steps:

  • Search "fee waiver" at the institutions you're interested in going to to collect their application requirements for a fee waiver application form.
  • Bring that information/those forms with you to see your school counselor to plan/collect the information needed for the waiver.
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