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Do I Qualify for a Fee Waiver?

riverandsasha3riverandsasha3 160 replies19 threads Junior Member
My counselor says that I do not qualify for reduced or free lunch, so I can't get a fee waiver from my school. However, the Common App has a list of things that make you eligible for application fee waivers, including receiving public assistance. I don't know what public assistance is, but my mother was on disability for years and is recently unemployed. She gets her income from social security. Does this count as public assistance?
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 15978 replies1068 threads Senior Member
    edited August 3
    Public assistance is also called welfare. It would include SNAP (Food stamps), AFDC etc. Social Security retirement benefits are not considered public assistance. Neither are unemployment benefits.

    What is your FAFSA EFC?
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  • riverandsasha3riverandsasha3 160 replies19 threads Junior Member
    @TomSrOfBoston I actually don't know because my counselor told me not to fill out my FASFA until late October. Is there a way I can figure it out on my own?
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  • MWolfMWolf 2981 replies14 threads Senior Member
    @TomSrOfBoston I actually don't know because my counselor told me not to fill out my FASFA until late October. Is there a way I can figure it out on my own?

    https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/estimate
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  • riverandsasha3riverandsasha3 160 replies19 threads Junior Member
    @TomSrOfBoston With the information that I'm aware of, my EFC is ~$25,000.

    Thanks for the link @MWolf
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  • riverandsasha3riverandsasha3 160 replies19 threads Junior Member
    Just picking this back up because I have new information. The deposits I receive in my high school checking account are either SSI or SSDI direct deposits. I looked on a website that said these are considered public assistance. Does anyone know if that technically means I'm eligible for a fee waiver?
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 25264 replies20 threads Senior Member
    If your family's only income is SSI/Disability, you may qualify for free or reduced lunch. That is based on earned income and your family may not have any. Go to the website for your school and have your parent fill out the form. That could open you up for other benefits too, and perhaps simplified assets when filing out the FAFSA.

    You can also ask the schools for a waiver.
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  • riverandsasha3riverandsasha3 160 replies19 threads Junior Member
    @twoinanddone Thanks so much! I'm gonna search my school site right now.
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