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November 2019

The semester is speeding by, and I hope it’s been a good one. Here’s your November update from Arizona State University.

New automatic application waiver

The ASU application fee waiver is now automatic for eligible students.

The language may look familiar — we modeled it after questions used to determine a student’s eligibility for a fee waiver on the Common App and Coalition Applications, and on the ABOR fee waiver request. This process will make things easier for students and help our evaluation team speed up admission decision times.


When the student reaches the end of the application, they will see the following checkboxes under Pay & Submit.

If you feel that your financial circumstances might qualify you for an application fee waiver, please select all that apply:

▢ I have received or am eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver.

▢ I am enrolled in or am eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program.

▢ My annual family income falls within the eligibility guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

▢ I am enrolled in a federal, state or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRiO programs such as Upward Bound).

▢ My family receives public assistance.

▢ I live in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or am homeless.

▢ I am a ward of the state or an orphan.

▢ I can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer or community leader.

▢ I have received a National Association for College Admission Counseling fee waiver.

If they check any of these, they will see the following prompt:

▢ I certify that I understand and meet the eligibility requirements to request an admission application fee waiver. I also understand that I may be asked to submit verification of eligibility.

Once the student has confirmed that all information is accurate, they will be prompted to sign and submit the application.

If none of the circumstances apply to the student, they will select "None of these options apply to me."

They will then be prompted to pay the fee using a credit card or wire transfer, or they will have the option of deferring payment to a later date.

Answers to some questions you may have

Will ASU still accept other fee waiver forms, such as ABOR, NACAC or College Board?

Yes, we will continue to accept these — however the eligibility questions will be built into the ASU Application, Common Application and Coalition Application. If a student answers correctly and truthfully, they will have the fee waiver automatically applied to their application.

If a student pays the application fee but is eligible for an application fee waiver, is it refundable?

Once a student pays an application fee, it is nonrefundable even if the student is eligible for the fee waiver.

Is there a code?

No, there is no code. The student should answer the questions truthfully and correctly.

Will ASU verify any information?

Yes, we may verify and audit information regarding a student’s eligibility for an application fee waiver.

What if I have more questions about this?

Please email In our next newsletter, we will provide answers to additional questions.

ACT update

You likely know that ACT has announced some big changes for next year. We are still collecting information from our contacts at ACT, especially as it relates to how ACT scores will be sent to us. Although ASU does not currently "superscore" for admission or scholarship consideration, we will continue to discuss internally and keep you updated as decisions are made later this spring. Please also note, we do not require an ACT or SAT score for university admission.

Mark your calendar

Sun Devil Day and Experience ASU are excellent opportunities for students to meet with ASU admission counselors to ask questions about applying for college. Dates vary. Students can RSVP here.

Applications for the 2020–2021 Public Service Academy and Entrepreneurship + Innovation cohorts are open. These are competitive opportunities for students interested in leadership and entrepreneurship. Visit their websites for deadlines and eligibility requirements.

ASU in the news

ASU President Michael Crow recently wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post about The University Innovation Alliance, a coalition of universities dedicated to increasing the number and diversity of students who have access to college degrees. You can read more here.

Thank you for the hard work you do every day to create a college-going environment for your students.