How to write a fee waiver request letter

Updated March 23, 2017

Many students write fee waiver request letters to include along with their college applications. The student's letter petitions the university to waive its standard application fee which, on average, is £22, according to College Board. Colleges often consider these requests and generally base their decisions on certain criteria such as financial hardship. The National Association for College Admission Counseling offers a standard form called the "Request for Application Fee Waiver" which is available for this purpose if students don't write a personal letter.

Address the letter directly to the dean of admissions at each college apply to. If you don't know his name, look it up on the college's website or call the admissions office.

Include your personal information -- your full name, address, phone number and grade in high school -- in the letter. Mention your intended college major as well.

Indicate in the letter that you are requesting the application fee to the college to be waived.

Clearly state your specific reasons for requesting the waiver. Colleges generally base their decision on the financial conditions of the applicant. Explain your current living situation. Include your family's size and annual taxable income. Include any other pertinent details regarding your financial situation.

Sign and date the letter before mailing it to the college.

Log on to the NACAC's website. A link, provided under "Resources," will take you to the correct form.

Print the form and fill it out completely, answering all required questions.

After completing the form, sign your name and mail it to the college.

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