For Scoir Connected Students: Requesting a Fee Waiver

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How to Request a Fee Waiver in Scoir

An application fee waiver is a form (waiver) that allows you to submit your college applications without paying a fee. You must qualify in order to be eligible for a fee waiver. For more details on if you qualify, see here.

When using Scoir to discover colleges and plan your application strategy, there are several ways to request a fee waiver, listed and detailed below.

You can see more specific details on fee waiver eligibility in the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines here.

Requesting a Fee Waiver on your Scoir Dashboard

On your Scoir dashboard, you can see if you qualify for free apps with Scoir by clicking the Find Out button.

Once completed, if you are eligible, the Dashboard and Discovery page will then house a path to browse schools the student can apply for free with Scoir. You will be able to see this in the Free Apps with Scoir tile.

Requesting a Fee Waiver by Beginning the Application Process

While you are not technically requesting a fee waiver directly on your Scoir application, you are required to answer questions in the Application Profile that determines your fee waiver eligibility.

Determining your fee waiver eligibility is done by completing the Fee Waiver section of your Application Profile. Answering “Yes” to any of the fee waiver questions makes you fee waiver eligible for any of the colleges you apply to with Scoir.

Eligibility criteria includes: 

  • Qualifying for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program
  • Receiving a College Board, ACT, and/or NACAC fee waiver
  • Being eligible for a Pell Grant 
  • Participating in TRIO programs

Additionally, veterans and active members of the U.S. Armed Forces may be eligible for Coalition’s Fee Waiver by selecting criteria in that section of your Application Profile.

If you are eligible for a of fee waiver (provided by Coalition for College), Scoir will make it easy for you to identify where you can apply for free when you are searching colleges in Scoir! It will be shown on the college profile, example below:

Requesting a Fee Waiver via your My Colleges page

This option is only available to students connected to a high schools in Scoir that has Send Documents enabled.
  1. From the student dashboard, access the My Colleges tab.
  2. You will then be able to choose the Application Documents button in the upper right hand corner.
  1. Opening this will give you the option to request a fee waiver, as shown below.
  1. After clicking Request & Sign, the option for Download fee waiver will be available.
  2. The fee waiver can then be accessed as a downloadable document looking like the below:

How to Request a Fee Waiver Outside of Scoir 

Application Fee Waiver from NACAC

The National Association for College Admission Counseling, or NACAC, provides an application fee waiver that is available to students who have limited financial resources, including:

  • You were provided with a fee waiver to take the SAT or ACT
  • You are enrolled in a Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program
  • Your family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service
  • You're enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families
  • Your family receives public assistance
  • You live in federally subsidized housing or a foster home
School-Specific Fee Waiver

In addition to the fee waivers listed above, some schools may provide their own institution-specific fee waivers. Check with a school’s admission office to understand what you’ll need to submit to obtain a fee waiver. And remember, some schools may not charge an application fee at all.

If you are using The Common App to apply, a fee waiver will need to be requested through both The Common App and Scoir. The full Scoir guide to The Common App can be found here.

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