Many Indiana colleges offer application fee waivers to encourage students to apply regardless of financial difficulty or other circumstances. If you can’t find information about fee waivers on a college’s admissions web page, call and ask. Most colleges offer more fee waivers than students realize.

  • 21st Century Scholars
    Are you a 21st Century Scholar? One of the perks of the program includes 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, be sure to ask about fee waivers.
  • Children of Veterans or Veterans
    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 yourself. It never hurts to ask.
  • Financial Need
    Most colleges provide some type of assistance for applicants who demonstrate financial need. If you aren’t sure your family can pay the application fee, ask colleges whether the fee can be waived for you.
  • Foster Children
    Foster children, orphans and wards of the state can receive a fee waiver through the NACAC fee waiver, which must be approved by your guidance counselor. See below for more information about the NACAC waiver. Additionally, a college may automatically waive your application fee if you are a foster child or orphan.
  • 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 for free. Ask your guidance counselor for more information.
  • NACAC/Guidance 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 guidance counselor. Learn more about requirements here.

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