(Last updated: Spring 2013)
Requests for the waiver of the undergraduate application fee will be considered on a case-by-case basis for applicants who (1) can demonstrate significant financial hardship; (2) are U.S. Armed Forces personnel or veterans who have received a non-punitive discharge; or (3) are permanent, full-time WCU employees.
- Financial Hardship: Waivers are not automatic—an applicant must submit a written fee waiver request and provide official, third-party documentation that validates hardship. The significance of need, strength of the supporting documentation, timeliness of the request, and recentness of the documentation will be considered. The number of fee waivers that may be issued for each term is limited. Examples of supporting documentation include, but are not limited to:
- Official documentation from a financial aid officer or financial aid award statement that a student qualifies for a full Pell Grant (Expected Family Contribution of $0) or has significant need;
- Documentation that an applicant qualifies for federal free or reduced-priced meals;
- Documentation that an applicant qualifies for an SAT or ACT fee waiver;
- Documentation that an applicant (or a dependent's family) qualifies for Food Stamps or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF);
- Documentation that the annual income of an applicant (dependent's family) falls below the National Poverty Level;
- Documentation that an applicant is a foster child or ward of the state; OROther third-party documentation from an official (i.e., school counselor, financial aid officer, social worker, etc.) who can substantiate unusual or significant financial need.
The application for admission, written request for the application fee waiver, and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Office of Admission in advance of any stated application deadlines. WCU reserves the right to modify or eliminate the application fee waiver policy at any point that circumstances warrant such a change.
Director of Student Recruitment and Transitions
Western Carolina University