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SocialWorkCAS Fee Waivers

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Fee Assistance Program

A limited number of fee waivers are provided to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each fee waiver covers only the initial $75 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. 

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Qualification Requirements

To qualify for a 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. 

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 AY 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.

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. Enter your household's adjusted gross income for 2016 and the current number of members in your household. Note that “number of members” includes the number of people claimed as dependents on the tax report.
  3. 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).  If you were claimed as a dependent on a parent or guardian's form, you must submit that form instead of your own. 

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 notification 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 $75 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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