(Last updated: August 2020)
Requests for the waiver of the Undergraduate application fee are considered on a case-by-case basis for applicants who (1) 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 the Undergraduate Admissions Application
Fee Waiver Request form. The evidence and significance of need, 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 evidence of need
include, but are not limited to:
Military Service: United States Armed Forces personnel or veterans who have received a non-punitive
discharge must provide sufficient documentation to verify eligibility for an application
fee waiver (i.e., copy of military transcripts or DD Form 214). Note: Military dependents
are not eligible for this specific waiver.
WCU Employees: 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.
- FAFSA documentation that a student qualifies for a full Pell Grant (Expected Family
Contribution of $0) or has significant need;
- Eligibility for federal free or reduced-priced meals;
- Eligibility for an SAT or ACT fee waiver;
- Eligibility 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; OR
- Documentation from an official (e.g., school counselor, financial aid officer, social
worker, etc.) who can substantiate unusual or significant financial need.
The application for admission, Undergraduate Admissions Application Fee Waiver Request,
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.
Mike A. Langford
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Western Carolina University