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SOPHAS Cycle Dates and Fees

Cycle Dates

The SOPHAS application cycle opens on August 17, 2017, and closes on August 2, 2018.

In some instances, the individual program's deadline may differ from the application's cycle dates. To view a program's deadline date, click Add Program and review the information under Deadline. You can view the deadline time by clicking Deadline.

Fees

SOPHAS charges $135 for the first program you apply to and $50 for each additional program. 

Some programs may have an additional supplemental fee; contact your programs to learn if they require this and how to pay it.

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. Contact customer service at 617-612-2090 before you submit a fee waiver request to determine if waivers are still available.

Note: As of February 16, 2018, fee waivers for the SOPHAS 2017-2018 application cycle are no longer available and fee waiver applications are no longer being accepted.

Qualification Requirements 

There are three types of fee waivers applicants can qualify for:

  • Financial-based
  • Service-based
  • International-based

You can only apply for one type of fee waiver per cycle. 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. 

Financial-based Fee Waiver

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

  • Filed a 2016 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 2016 Federal Income Tax Return Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ with an adjusted gross income that falls below the Low Income Level listed below. If you were claimed as a dependent by a parent or guardian on their 2016 Federal Income Tax Return, SOPHAS requires you to use that individual's Federal Income Tax Return instead of your own. 
Low Income Levels for Academic Year 2017-2018 Awards*

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

Size of Family** Income Level***
1 $24,120
2 $32,480
3 $40,840
4 $49,200
5 $57,560
6 $65,920
7 $74,280
8 $82,640
For each additional person add: $8,360

* The low income level is based on 200 percent of the U.S. 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 Academic Year 2017-2018.

** 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 2016 filed federal income tax return 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ.

Service-based Fee Waiver

To qualify for a service-based fee waiver, you must have participated in one of the eligible service-based organizations:

Click on the organizations above to download the fee waiver form. Complete the form, and if necessary, also have a certifying officer or program administrator complete their section on the form.

* SOPHAS does not have a form for Leadership Alliance. Instead, submit your SOPHAS ID# to your Leadership Alliance program administrator, and they will provide you with a Special Program Fee Waiver Confirmation letter.

International-based Fee Waiver

To qualify for an international-based fee waiver, you must:

  • be a citizen, and
  • currently reside in one of the countries on the United Nations Least Developed Countries List below

Click here to download the International-based fee waiver form. You can also request a 50% off WES evaluation coupon in the form.

United Nations Least Developed Countries List*

If applicable, use the following to determine if your country is included in the United Nations Least Developed Countries list.

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Kiribati
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Niger
  • Rwanda
  • São Tomé and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Timor-Lesté
  • Togo
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Vanuatu
  • Yemen
  • Zambia

* This list has been updated as of March 2018.

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 to apply for a fee waiver. Fee assistance applications are not accepted by mail or email. 

Complete and submit your fee assistance application.

  1. Click on your name in the upper right hand corner of the application, then select Fee Assistance Program
  2. Select either financial- or service-based fee waiver from the drop-down.
    1. If selecting financial-based fee waiver, enter your household's adjusted gross income for 2016 and the current number of members in your household. Note that “size of family” includes the number of people claimed as dependents on the tax report. Then upload a copy of the filed 2016 Federal Income Tax Return Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ. This form was either filed by you or by someone who listed you as a dependent (such as a parent or guardian). Remember, if you were listed as a dependent, you must submit that individual's tax return form instead of your own.
    2. If selecting service-based fee waiver, select the service program or international option from the drop-down. Then upload a copy of the completed document.

Await notification.

Once you submit your fee waiver request, It can take up to 10 business days to process. The status of your request will be sent to both your e-mail address and your application inbox.

While your fee waiver request is pending, you are unable to submit your application. To submit your application and forfeit your waiver request, return to the Fee Assistance Program section and click Cancel Request. Once you submit your application, you are ineligible to apply for another fee waiver.

Submit your application and pay any remaining balance. 

If you are approved, the waiver amount of $135 will be automatically deducted from your total fees, and you are 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, references, and/or test scores do not have to be received within this timeframe.

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