Request a Texas Tech Application Fee Waiver Effortlessly

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Get Your Texas Tech Application Fee Waiver in a Few Steps

Applying for college can be both stressful and costly. The average application fee in the United States is nearly $50, with Stanford holding the top spot and charging $90 to apply. Universities use this fee to cover the administrative expenses of processing your application.

What Is a College Application Fee Waiver?

With the average student applying to between seven to 10 colleges, various fees can amount to hundreds of dollars, adding to already high tuition costs. This doesn’t include paying roughly $50 for the SATs and $46 for the ACTs, which can be upwards of $60 each if the optional writing tests are included. With tutoring and prep costs, the total expense of applying for college can sometimes go well beyond a thousand dollars.

The good news is that some colleges waive application fees for eligible applicants upon request, while others don’t charge them at all. Each college has its waiver requirements, but in most cases, they are issued to applicants who:

  • Had their SAT and ACT fees waived
  • Come from low-income families and demonstrate the need for financial assistance
  • Are military veterans or on active duty in the United States Armed Forces

The requirements can vary from college to college, and the decision to issue a waiver is discretionary. Some colleges issue application fee waivers to applicants that visit the campus during a certain period, even if they don’t have financial difficulties. The chances of getting approved for a waiver may increase if your application is signed by your school counselor or another relevant official.

Texas Tech University Application Fee

Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, charges an application fee of $75, which is well above the national average. Both freshman and transfer applicants can get this fee waived if they show that it represents a financial burden and belong to at least one of the following groups:

  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. residents
  • Residents of Texas, according to state law

Full-time staff and faculty members of Texas Tech, as well as their spouses and dependents, may also be eligible for a waiver. Texas Tech will not automatically waive the fee if you had your ACT, SAT, NACAC, or other fees waived. You are ineligible for a waiver at Texas Tech if you are:

  • An international applicant
  • An Academic Fresh Start applicant
  • A Returning Former Tech applicant
  • A Visiting Transient/Non-Degree applicant
  • A Second-Degree applicant

Am I Eligible for a Texas Tech Application Fee Waiver?

Texas Tech University has strict eligibility criteria for fee waiver applicants. The determining factor is the applicant’s income status and their need for assistance, which has to be backed up with relevant documents. Here’s a brief overview of the eligibility criteria:

Citing one or more of the above-mentioned situations requires the applicant to submit appropriate documentation verifying their circumstances.

The table below shows household income criteria defined by the Federal Economic Index for the Free & Reduced-Price Lunch Program. Your family’s income needs to be at or below the amounts proposed.

Total IncomeHousehold Members
$8,177 for each additional memberOver 6

Ways To Apply for a Texas Tech Application Fee Waiver

Texas Tech University allows you to submit the application fee waiver request in the following ways:

  1. Go to and select Request for Fee Waiver when asked for payment information
  2. Go to the FAFSA website, search for Texas Tech with the code 003644 and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form

You can also fill out the Texas Tech Application Fee Waiver Request Form and prepare the necessary documentation that verifies your situation, as shown in the table below.

Applicant’s SituationRequired Documentation

Low-income family

Copy of the latest tax returns

Homeless/unaccompanied high school senior

Letter from high school district's Homeless Liaison


Letter from the current homeless shelter

Receiving public assistance

Current copy of the formal award letter from the public assistance agency


Copy of the certification by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services or the Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services


Copy of the certification by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services or the Division for Blind Services

Adopted/in foster care

Copy of your waiver from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

The request form and attached documentation can be sent to Texas Tech University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions by mail, fax, or email.

Other Ways To Request an Application Fee Waiver

There are also alternative tools to apply for application fee waivers:

  • You can use the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Request for Admission Application Fee Waiver form when you apply and point out in the Economic need section that you are struggling financially
  • Use Common App to apply for a university and mention in your application that you are facing financial hardship which meets the standards set by the NACAC
  • Apply for a waiver via Coalition App, which uses five criteria for eligibility, and you need to meet only one
  • Make things easy for yourself and use DoNotPay for a simple and hassle-free process

Use DoNotPay To Get a College Application Fee Waiver

DoNotPay provides the quickest and easiest way to request college application fee waivers. Our AI-powered assistant can:

  • Obtain your school counselor's signature for you
  • Automatically fill out the request form, so you don’t have to
  • Mail the application to the appropriate office at the university

Using DoNotPay to apply for an application fee waiver is simple. Follow these steps:

  1. Sign up for DoNotPay in your
  2. Select the College Application Fee Waiver feature
  3. Choose the fee you want to waive
  4. Select the college you want to apply to and provide information about your current financial situation
  5. Choose to obtain a counselor's signature (not required but recommended)

And you’re done! DoNotPay does the rest for you. Your college may ask you to submit additional documentation. DoNotPay can help you with the initial waiver request or with your applications for waivers at other colleges. We support waivers for:

  • New Student Applicant Fees
  • Transfer Student Fees
  • Enrollment Deposit Fees
  • Test fees (except for SATs and ACTs)

Other Things DoNotPay Can Do

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