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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 transfer application fee is $90

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.
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