Fee & Fee Waiver
Find out about the nuts and bolts of the Common App application fee and how to go about requesting a fee waiver—permission to apply without paying the application fee.
The Common App Fee
The Common Application website requires that you pay an application fee or request a fee waiver online at the same time as you submit your Common Application. You can pay your fee by using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check through an arrangement with the Common Application's approved payment service. You may not submit a personal check or money order to pay an application fee. For further instructions on how to pay the fee, check out the Common App Application Fee slideshow.
- The applicant fee is $80
Requesting a FEE WAIVER
Important Note: Requesting a fee waiver will not disadvantage an applicant in any way.
If paying the application fee would cause unusual financial hardship for you or your family, you may be eligible for a waiver. To request a fee waiver, you have two options:
- Select “yes” in response to the fee waiver question within the fee/fee waiver section of the Common Application. Your college or guidance counselor must approve your fee waiver request.
- Select “yes” in response to the pre-approved fee waiver question within the Dartmouth Questions section of the Common Application.
GUIDELINES FOR requesting a common Application FEE WAIVER
You must meet at least one of the following indicators of economic need:
- You have received or are eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver.
- You are enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
- Your annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
- You are enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
- Your family receives public assistance.
- You live in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home, or are homeless.
- You are a ward of the state or an orphan.
- You can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader.
Dartmouth Pre-Approved FEE WAIVERs
The following applicants are eligible for a Dartmouth pre-approved fee waiver:
- Questbridge finalists.
- Participants in one of the Dartmouth Bound campus visitation programs.
- Veterans of the U.S. armed forces.
- Students who have received free application assistance from one of the community-based organizations recognized by the Common Application.