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PostBacCAS Fees and Fee Waivers


PostBacCAS charges $130 for the first program you apply to and $45 for each additional program. 

Some programs may have an additional supplemental fee; contact your programs for more information. 

Fee Assistance Program

Beginning at the start of the cycle, a limited number of fee waivers are provided to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Each fee waiver covers only the initial application fee, so if you wish to apply to additional programs, you are responsible for the remaining balance. If you received a fee waiver during a previous cycle, you may still apply for another in the next cycle. 

You may request a fee waiver as soon as you create an application, but keep in mind that fee waiver funds can be quickly depleted. 

Please note that as of February 10, 2020, there are no more fee waivers available for the current PostBacCAS cycle.

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for a fee waiver, you must have either:

  • Filed a 2018 Federal Income Tax Return Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ with an adjusted gross income that falls below the Low Income Level listed below, or
  • Been listed as a dependent on a filed 2018 Federal Income Tax Return Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ with an adjusted gross income that falls below the Low Income Level listed below. 

Additionally, you must request a fee waiver before you submit your application. Requests received after an application has been submitted will not be honored. 

If you are approved for a fee waiver, you are required to submit your application within 14 days (including holidays and weekends). Extensions will not be granted; failure to submit your application on time will void your fee waiver and you will not be allowed to reapply for a waiver

Low Income Levels for 2019-2020 Cycle Awards*

If applicable, use the following chart to help you determine if you come from an economically disadvantaged background. 

Size of Family**

Income Level***

















For each additional person add:


* The low income level is based on 200 percent of the US Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines. It is used to determine what constitutes a low-income family for the purposes of the SDS and LDS programs for the 2019-2020 cycle.

** Size of family means the number of exemptions listed on the qualified income tax return forms. For example, a family size of 4 may include two parents and two dependents.

*** Income Level refers to the adjusted gross income stated on the 2018 filed federal income tax return 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ.

Applying for a Fee Waiver

Determine when to apply for your waiver.

Keep in mind that fee waivers are limited and only valid for 14 days (including holidays and weekends) from the time you are approved. Be ready to submit your application if you are approved. 

Start your application.

You must have an account and an assigned CAS ID to apply for a fee waiver. 

Send fee waiver request via email. 

  1. Review the requirements above to determine if you qualify for a fee waiver.  
  2. If you qualify, email your fee waiver request to You must include your full name and CAS ID. 

Await notification.

Once you submit your fee waiver request, it can take up to ten business days to process. The status of your request will be sent to the email address you used to request the fee waiver. 

If you submit your application before you receive a response about the fee waiver, you will not be eligible to receive the waiver. Each applicant is only eligible for one fee waiver. 

Submit your application and pay any remaining balance. 

If you are approved, you will receive a coupon code to enter in the payment section. When you enter the code, the waiver amount of $130 will be automatically deducted from your total fees, and you will be responsible for any remaining balance. Contact customer service immediately if you do not see the waiver amount deducted.

Remember to submit your application within 14 days of your approval (including holidays and weekends). Outstanding transcripts, recommendations, and/or test scores do not have to be received within this timeframe.

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