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Fee Waiver vs Financial Aid

cram545cram545 64 replies62 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 126 Junior Member
I may qualify for a common app fee waiver, because my family receives public assistance, and I could get a letter verifying this financial need. However, according to the net price calculators to several colleges, I won’t qualify for much financial aid. Will this discrepancy, if I apply for both the fee waiver and financial aid, negatively affect my admissions chances?
edited June 10
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  • happymomof1happymomof1 29305 replies169 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 29,474 Senior Member
    If you qualify for the fee waiver, use it.
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  • Eeyore123Eeyore123 1196 replies16 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,212 Senior Member
    Very few schools meet financial need. The fact that you qualify for a fee waiver but will receive little financial aid will most likely impact your ability to afford the college.
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  • thumper1thumper1 73033 replies3180 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 76,213 Senior Member
    Use the fee waiver if you qualify...but according to other threads you are looking at some $70,000 a year colleges. I’m having trouble understanding how you wouldn’t receive sufficient aid to attend some of the colleges you listed and also qualify for a waiver...unless your financial situation has significantly changed since 2018 which will be used for the 2020-2021 financial aid forms.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids 83917 replies1003 discussionsForum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,920 Forum Champion
    edited June 11
    Curious! How does a family qualify for public assistance but not qualify for much financial aid?


    And who/how will pay for your college costs?
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 21937 replies14 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 21,951 Senior Member
    The student could be living with a parent who qualifies for public assistance but also have a parent who could pay for college. It could also be a situation with a lot of assets but not a lot of income. Some public assistance programs are income based, not asset based.
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  • cshell2cshell2 160 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 163 Junior Member
    I guess I could see it in a situation where parents are not together if the waiver is just due to the custodial household getting assistance but he's applying to schools that use the CSS profile with a high income non-custodial parent.

    Either that, or running the NPC on schools where it doesn't matter what your need is like public, out of state. A full Pell doesn't put a dent in some of those costs.
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  • cram545cram545 64 replies62 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 126 Junior Member
    To answer everyone’s questions, I have a parent on social security disability, although my other parent works, so we have a high total family income. To clarify, I haven’t applied for the waiver yet.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41142 replies445 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 41,587 Senior Member
    Are your parents separated/divorced?
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  • cram545cram545 64 replies62 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 126 Junior Member
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41142 replies445 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 41,587 Senior Member
    Then if you qualify legitimately use your fee waiver and don't add a financial burden to your parents.
    College Adcoms don't actually have that date, it's for the financial aid office.
    You *will* need to justify your income.
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  • cshell2cshell2 160 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 163 Junior Member
    Is someone in the family getting SSDI a qualifier though? I thought it had to be need-based public assistance?
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 28056 replies56 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 28,112 Senior Member
    @cram545 , if what your family can and will pay, and what the schools say they should pay Acc to NPC has a wide spread, you have an important issue to confront: affordability.

    What are your school choices saying you have to pay, what is the gap? If financial aid is not going to cover what you need, you need to look at schools where you are likely to get a good scholarship. You need to come up with a list of such schools. It’s s whole other hand now. Though it certainly is difficult to get accepted to HYP et all, it’s even more difficult to get a full ride from most any school. You have to focus on those schools that even have scholarships in amounts that you need and then get one, in addition to getting accepted
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  • sybbie719sybbie719 20644 replies1977 discussionsSuper Moderator Posts: 22,621 Super Moderator
    I doubt that OP will qualify for a fee waiver if s/he is living with both parents with one receiving disability benefits and the other parent earning a high income.

    The first qualifier is student receiving free or reduced lunch. Schools will run. Their meal code reports to get their kits of qualified students.
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