Admission Policy for Application Fee Waiver Requests

(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.

  1. 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.
  2. Military Service: United States Armed Forces personnel or veterans who have received a non-punitive dischargemust provide sufficient documentation to verify eligibility for an application fee waiver (i.e., copy of military transcripts or DD Form 214). Note: Military dependants are not eligible for this specific waiver.
  3. WCU Employees: Full-time, permanent WCU employees may qualify for a waiver of the undergraduate application fee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to alert the Office of Admission in writing (can be by email) of their university employment status at the time of application.

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.

Phil Cauley
Director of Student Recruitment and Transitions
Western Carolina University

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