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Fees & Fee Waivers
All applicants must submit a non-refundable application fee or fee waiver.
Applicants to Dartmouth must pay their application fee online using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and 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.
The Common Application website requires that you pay your fee online (or fee waiver) at the same time as you submit your Common Application.
If payment of the application fee would cause unusual financial hardship for you or your family, you may be eligible for a waiver of the application fee. To request a fee waiver, please select the fee waiver option in the Common Application. Requesting a fee waiver will not disadvantage an applicant in any way. Your college or guidance counselor must approve your fee waiver request online or submit your fee waiver form by mail or fax.
The following are eligibility guidelines for application fee waivers:
- 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 a 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.