Eligible freshmen applicants who demonstrate financial need can submit an application fee waiver to cover the application fee.
A submission request does not guarantee that your application fee will be waived. Students that submit a fee waiver request must meet eligibility by submitting the correct documentation to support the request. UTSA’s Office of Undergraduate Admission will review your request. If your fee waiver request is denied, you will be required to pay the application fee.
International, Transfer, Readmits, Special Undergraduate, and Graduate applicants are not eligible for application fee waivers.
Fee Waiver Eligibility
Domestic Freshman applicants are eligible for an application fee waiver if any of the following criteria below applies, and the supporting documentation is submitted for review:
- Freshmen applicant is a ward of the state or an orphan.
- Freshmen applicant’s annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
- Freshmen applicant lives in a federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or is homeless.
- Freshmen applicant’s family receives public assistance such as TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).
Other criteria that may quality Freshman applicants for a fee waiver may include:
- ACT and/or College Board SAT application fee waiver form
- NACAC fee waiver form
- High School counselor request for fee waiver submitted via Common Application
How to Submit a Fee Waiver
To request a fee waiver, there are two steps to complete:
- Designate a fee waiver request on your application.
- Using UTSA’s Document Uploader, submit any of the following supporting documentation to verify Fee Waiver Request.
- Upload* ACT and/or College Board SAT application fee waiver form
- Upload* NACAC fee waiver form
- High School counselor requests for fee waiver submitted via Common Application
- Upload* documentation that student is a ward of the state or orphan.
- Upload* documentation that the student lives in subsidized public housing, a foster home or is homeless.
- Upload* documentation that the student’s family received public assistance – TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).
- Upload* the IRS transcript reflecting the total family income is at or below the federal economic index for free/reduced lunch eligibility requirements. You must provide a Tax Transcript from the IRS. A photocopy of your tax return will not satisfy this requirement.
- High School counselor requests for fee waiver submitted via Common Application will be accepted and reviewed
*Documents should be uploaded through our Document Uploader after you have activated your myUTSA ID. Once you have logged in, read the instructions, and click on “Upload a new document,” select “Undergraduate Admissions,” select the term you have applied to select “Application Fee Waiver” category, select the appropriate document name, attach your document then press “upload.” We advise that you do not e-mail anything that has your social security number displayed.
Fee Deferment Eligibility
Eligible domestic freshmen or domestic transfer applicants who demonstrate financial hardship but who may not qualify for an application fee waiver can submit an application fee deferral request to defer the application fee to be paid at a later date.
Please note: a submission does not guarantee that your application fee will be deferred. Supporting documents should be submitted with deferral request. UTSA’s Office of Undergraduate Admission will review your request to determine eligibility. If your fee deferral request is denied, you will be required to pay the application fee in order to complete your application.
International, Readmits, Special Undergraduate, and graduate applicants are not eligible for application fee deferral.