How To Get a SOPHAS Fee Waiver

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A Detailed Guide to Getting a SOPHAS Fee Waiver

Schools of Public Health Application Service—popularly known as SOPHAS—is a centralized platform that enables students to apply to various schools and programs for public health. More than 100 universities in the U.S. allow students to apply for one or multiple Master’s degree programs through SOPHAS.

Are you still in high school but already want to know as much as possible about a Master's degree? You might also be interested in learning everything about the college application fee waivers. DoNotPay can help you get your fees waived in a few clicks, whether you want to apply for a medical school or any other college in the U.S.

SOPHAS Application Fee Explained

SOPHAS charges a fee for each application you send through the platform. Students need to pay $140 for the first program and $50 for every additional application. Some member schools might charge additional fees. You should contact the university in question to find out more about the price and how to pay the fee.

Does SOPHAS Offer a Fee Waiver?

SOPHAS offers a limited number of fee waivers each year. Before submitting your fee waiver request, you should contact customer service at 617-612-2090 to ask them if fee waivers are still available. SOPHAS grants fee waivers to eligible students on a first-come, first-served principle.

The fee waiver covers the initial application fee of $140. You’ll have to pay for all the additional costs. Once you’re granted a fee waiver, it will stay valid for the next 14 days, including weekends and holidays.

SOPHAS grants tree types of fee waivers:

  1. Financial-based
  2. Service-based
  3. International-based

Students can apply for only one type of fee waiver.

How To Use a Coupon Code When Applying With SOPHAS

Some schools might offer coupon codes for their programs that enable students to apply for free or pay less for the application fee. To use your coupon code within the SOPHAS platform, you should complete your application first and then follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Submit Application tab at the top of your application
  2. Click on the Submit button
  3. Type in your coupon code in the Apply Coupon filed
  4. Click on the Apply Coupon button

How To Get a SOPHAS Fee Waiver

The process of requesting your SOPHAS fees waived is different for every type of fee waiver. To get a financial-based or service-based fee waiver, do the following:

Financial-Based Fee WaiverService-Based Fee Waiver
  1. Select your name on the application
  2. Click on Fee Assistance Program
  3. Select the Financial-Based Fee Waiver
  4. Type in your family’s adjusted gross income for the previous year and the number of members in your household
  5. Upload your or your parents’ Federal Income Tax Return Form
  6. Click on Submit
  1. Select your name on the application
  2. Click on Fee Assistance Program
  3. Select the Service-Based Fee Waiver
  4. Select your service program from the drop-down menu
  5. Upload a completed document
  6. Click on Submit

If you want to request an international-based fee waiver, download and complete the required form on the SOPHAS website.

SOPHAS Fee Waiver Requirements

Depending on the type of fee waiver you want to request, you’ll have to fulfill certain requirements to be eligible to receive it.

Financial-Based Fee Waiver Requirements

To request a financial-based fee waiver, you’ll have to complete one of the following Federal Income Tax Return Forms:

  • 1040
  • 1040A
  • 1040EZ

If you’re listed as a dependent by a parent on their Federal Income Tax Return Form, you should upload your parent’s form.

Students whose adjusted gross income falls under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Low Income Level Poverty Guidelines are eligible to receive a fee waiver.

Service-Based Fee Waiver Requirements

Applicants who have participated in the following organizations can apply for a service-based fee waiver:

  • AmeriCorps
  • McNair Scholar
  • Bonner Program
  • Vietnam Education Foundation
  • Leadership Alliance
  • Active or Veteran Military Service Member
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Gates Millennium Scholar

International-Based Fee Waiver Requirements

To qualify for an international-based fee waiver, you need to be a citizen and currently reside in one of the countries from the United Nations Least Developed Countries list. The list includes:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bhutan
  • Cambodia
  • Ethiopia
  • Haiti
  • Madagascar
  • Nepal
  • Sudan

Are College Fees Giving You a Headache? Learn How To Get a College Application Fee Waiver

If you’re finishing high school, you’re still far from searching for the Master's of Public Health (MPH) degree programs through the SOPHAS platform. Applying and enrolling in your desired college is probably your main goal right now.

Students in the U.S. usually apply for multiple colleges. That's why they spend hundreds of dollars on preparations for their SATs and ACTs, college application fees, on-campus visits, and other expenses. Some universities don’t charge an application fee, but most of them do. These are the schools with the highest application fee:

School NameApplication Fee
University of California—San Diego$105
Stanford University (CA)$90
Columbia University (NY)$85
Duke University (NC)$85
North Carolina State University$85

Not sure you can afford to pay for multiple college applications? You can request to have your college fees waived.

Consult your high school counselor since he or she should have the required fee waiver form for your desired school. Guidance counselors should also be able to tell you if you’re eligible to receive a fee waiver per the university’s requirements.

Another way of requesting a college application fee waiver is through the Common App, but you’re limited to only 900 member schools.

The best and quickest solution to get a college application fee waiver is with DoNotPay. Our time-efficient tool can help you request to have your fees waived in any university in the U.S., including Harvard, Florida State University, and the City University of New York.

Requesting an Application Fee Waiver Doesn’t Have To Be Stressful—DoNotPay Is Here To Prove It

Once you decide which colleges you want to apply to, you can easily request a fee waiver for each of them with DoNotPay. We will complete the fee waiver form on your behalf. DoNotPay will then compose an email to send to your counselor—if you need his or her signature—or to your preferred university.

To complete your fee waiver request in under two minutes, log in to your DoNotPay account from a and follow these steps:

  1. Click on our College Application Fee Waiver tool
  2. Choose the fee you want to waive
  3. Select the university in question and answer our questions about your financial situation
  4. Indicate if your counselor needs to sign the form

With us, you can waive three types of fees:

  • New Student Application
  • Transfer Student
  • Enrollment Deposit

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