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May 20, 2020

Fee Waivers from NACAC and the College Board, Too?

Question: I am aware that the College Board and NACAC grant up to 4 college application fee waivers. Can I use BOTH, so that I get a total of 8 fee waivers?

My own semi-official policy is that any student who qualifies for an application fee waiver (see these guidelines) should not have to limit the number used. The College Board does put a ceiling of four on its fee waivers. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) guidelines, however, merely "recommend" a limit of four per student, so this isn't a rule, just a suggestion.

Thus, my advice is to go ahead and use both the College Board fee waivers and the NACAC waivers for your total of eight. (And if you need more than eight, go beyond the first four NACAC waivers.) Alternatively, your counselor may want to use NACAC waivers for all of your schools, just to streamline the process a bit.

If your counselor balks at submitting all these fee waivers, let me know, and we'll figure out a Plan B (whatever that might be). ;-)

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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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