A new fee waiver could eliminate one small cost for financially-needy students who are transferring between institutions, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) announced Monday.
Any Pell Grant recipient applying for a college transfer can now request fee waivers to do so, NACAC reported. But individual colleges still maintain the power to grant or deny the waiver request and can also expand the eligibility criteria, the organization said.
The new form could, in some cases, require input from financial aid professionals. The form’s default option allows applicants to self-certify that they receive a Pell Grant. If a student is applying to an institution that requires further verification of the funding, the form directs the student to either a financial aid administrator for his or her signature or the Department of Education for a Student Aid Report (SAR).
“This new resource is part of the association’s effort to offer more and better support to transfer students given their increasing prominence in the college admission context and to offer resources to transfer students similar to those currently offered to first-time undergraduate applicants,” NACAC said in a press release. “The NACAC form is intended as a standardized resource for students, advisors and colleges—NACAC members are not required to grant the requests.”
Publication Date: 9/16/2014