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SSAT Financial Aid/Fee Waivers

tubachicktubachick Posts: 809- Member
edited August 2008 in Prep School Admissions
For all of you who got an SSAT Fee Waiver how did you go about this? Did you just flat out ask a school of choice or what?
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Replies to: SSAT Financial Aid/Fee Waivers

  • PhotoOpPhotoOp Posts: 996Registered User Member
    Do you mean SSS waiver? For that you just ask a school of choice and it is good for up to eight schools.
  • yan19454yan19454 Posts: 162Registered User Junior Member
    you need income qualification for that.
  • tubachicktubachick Posts: 809- Member
    Oh trust me, I have the income qualification.
    So, when I call about setting up an interview would be a good time to ask about the waiver?
  • PhotoOpPhotoOp Posts: 996Registered User Member
    Yes, ask early, they only have so many per school to give out.
  • hsmomstefhsmomstef Posts: 3,579Registered User Senior Member
    there are three types of fee waivers -- one for the ssat (the waiver is good for one time only, no free retakes and it will not pay for late registration); one for the SSS form used to request financial aid and one for each school for the admission fee.

    Income qualification is required -- but those of us who are low-income know that we qualify and proving it isn't hard. For my son, we simply told them that he qualified for reduced price lunch and could send them a copy of the form (no one asked for me to send it -- they just took my word).

    For the SSS form and the SSAT test, you ask at just one of your prospective schools for the number. My son asked at Andover (even though he didn't end up applying there) and they were able to give him a code right away. It probably is best to ask early -- but my son didn't ask until December and still got the waiver number.

    As far as an admission's waivers for each school -- you need to contact each individual school and ask them to waive the admission fee. Even schools that say on their website that the admission fee is required for all, or don't mention a fee waiver will most likely waive the fee. At some you will need a code and at others you will send in a note with the application.
  • yan19454yan19454 Posts: 162Registered User Junior Member
    My friend's son interviewed with peddie and dropped off the application and did not write a check. Peddie said they need the application fee. Since she did not know whether she would apply Peddie for her son and ending up on March 10, she received waiting list letter.
  • hsmomstefhsmomstef Posts: 3,579Registered User Senior Member
    I don't know Peddie's policy, but is seems strange that they would not grant a fee waiver to low income students considering their financial aid policies.

    At every school my son applied to he either had to request the admission fee waiver over the phone and was then told to place a code or a note with a person's name on the application, or he was told to write a letter requesting the fee waiver and enclose it with the application.

    I did follow up with each school (about 2 weeks after sending everything in) to make sure that the application was complete -- I did this via email or phone if email wasn't an option. Two of the schools showed his application was incomplete due to a missing application fee (even though said schools had told him they would waive the fee). I simply reminded them that he was eligible for a fee waiver and they marked his application complete.

    Follow-up is probably important since January/February is an incredibly busy time for the admission's people.
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