College Application - Fee Waivers

Many colleges and universities allow students to apply without an application fee, or have that fee waived. Here are a few Michigan colleges that you might be able to apply to for free!

Central Michigan University: Let Ms. Whymer (whymer.traci@sccresa.org) know you’re applying so that we can contact our CMU admissions representative over email and get your fee waived.

Eastern Michigan University: (October only) Apply at emich.edu/selectscholars.

Grand Valley State University: Requires a NACAC fee waiver.

Michigan State University: Complete questions about fee waiver eligibility at the end of the application (must know family size and income). If you qualify for a fee waiver, it will be applied.

Northern Michigan University: NACAC, CollegeBoard, or NMU-specific waivers all work.

Saginaw Valley State University: (October only) Apply at svsu.edu/applynow and use fee waiver code AMARMCAN.

Wayne State University: (October only) Use code MCAW2018 on online application or on Common Application. Already sent in your app? Go to appstatus.wayne.edu and input code.

Western Michigan University: Fill out a MyBronco application on WMU website. Have counselor fill out waiver form and send to WMU. WMU will send waiver code to use in order to submit application. Code only works on MyBronco portal, not on Common Application.

 

Schools with Free Online Applications Year-Round

Adrian College

Albion College

Alma College

Alpena CC

Aquinas College

Bay College

Calvin College (Waived before November 15th)

College for Creative Studies

Concordia University

Cornerstone University

Delta College

Ferris State University

Finlandia University

Glen Oaks CC

Grace Bible College

Grand Rapids CC

Henry Ford College

Hillsdale College

Jackson College

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo Valley CC

Kellogg CC

Kettering University

Kirtland CC

Kuyper College

Lake Michigan College

Lake Superior State University

Lansing CC

Macomb CC

Madonna University

Michigan Technological University

Mid Michigan CC

Monroe CC

Montcalm CC

Mott CC

Muskegon CC

North Central CC

Northwood University

Oakland CC

Oakland University

Olivet College

Rochester College

Schoolcraft College

Siena Heights University

Southwestern Michigan College

Spring Arbor University

St. Clair County CC

The Art Institute of Michigan

University of Detroit Mercy

University of Michigan - Flint

University of Michigan - Dearborn

Washtenaw CC

Wayne County CC

West Shore CC

 

Guide to Fee Waivers 


This is a general guide to how fee waivers work. Please keep in mind that different schools have different policies, so if you’re not sure how a specific school uses fee waivers, check with an admissions representative or your counseling staff and college adviser to make sure you won’t pay any fees!

You’ll generally be eligible for a fee waiver* if you fulfill one of the following guidelines:

  • You’re enrolled in or eligible for the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program.
  • Your family income meets the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
  • You’re enrolled in a program that aids students from low-income families, like Upward Bound.
  • Your family receives public assistance.
  • You live in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home, or are homeless.
  • You’re a ward of the state or an orphan.
  • You can provide a supporting statement from an official of your financial eligibility.

 

Type

How it works

Common Application

When filling out an application on the Common App, you’ll be asked if you fit one of the above criteria (free/reduced lunch will cover it). You’ll sign electronically, and the counselor you put on your app will confirm this. If you received any other form of waiver to apply to this school, you should indicate it here.

College

Board

If you registered for the SAT with a fee waiver, you will automatically receive 4 fee waivers once you receive your SAT score from the test you registered for.

NACAC

Mark down on an application that you will be paying with a check. You will then need to inform your counselor that you need a waiver sent to that school. You can use up to 4 NACAC waivers.

Code

You will have to use a specific code either in the Common App or on the school’s online website to waive your fee for the month of October.

Website

Some schools have a specific website that you can use in order to have your fee waived. You will need to send your application through this specific URL.

College Rep

You your counselor will have to contact a college representative to either get your fee waived or see if you qualify for a waiver.

No Fee

Some schools already have a free application. There is no need to pay any application fee.

 

*Every college or university will not necessarily accept a fee waiver, including some HBCUs and private institutions. If you’re unsure, check out a university’s website, contact admissions, or ask a counselor to help you determine if you’ll be able to use a fee waiver.