Application Fee Waiver
If paying the application fee would cause unusual financial hardship for you or your family, you may be eligible for a waiver. Requesting a fee waiver will not disadvantage your candidacy in any way.
To request a fee waiver via the Common App, you have two options:
- Select "yes" in response to the fee waiver question within the fee/fee waiver section of the Common Application. Your school counselor must approve your fee waiver request electronically through the Common App or via email.
- Select "yes" in response to the pre-approved fee waiver question within the Dartmouth Questions section of the Common App.
To request a fee waiver via the Dartmouth Transfer Application:
- Select "yes" in response to the fee waiver question within the fee/fee waiver section of the application.
- Select from a list of criteria within the fee/fee waiver section of the application.
- Provide supporting documents to the admissions office via the application uploader.
Guidelines for Requesting an 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 college access programs.
- Veterans of the U.S. armed forces.