Application fee waivers

The University of Nevada, Reno, wants to ensure application fees do not pose a barrier for first-time bachelor students in degree-seeking programs, whom have demonstrated financial hardships. If you meet the qualifications below, you may be eligible* for the fee waiver.

*International students are not eligible for application fee waivers.

How to apply for an application waiver

There is a three-step process to apply for an application fee waiver. Below is a description of each step you need to complete.

Step 1: Complete and submit your online application for admissions

You must apply for admissions online as part of the application fee waiver process. Complete each section of the Transfer Student application, including the Application Review. Click the “Finalize Application and Pay” button/link, but do not submit payment.

Step 2: Complete the application fee waiver form

Send an email to with the subject line "Application fee waiver form." The email response will include the link to the form.

Step 3: Submit supporting documentation

In addition to your application, you must also submit one of the following documentation to the Office of Admissions and Records:

  • Copy of your own or your parent/guardian's most recent federal tax return
    • Your name must be present on the document as either the filer or a dependent
    • W-2's do not satisfy this requirement
  • You have received or are eligible to receive an SAT or ACT fee waiver
  • Your family receives public assistance
  • You live in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home, or are homeless
  • You can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader (on letterhead, with the student's name stated) indicating that you qualify for any of the following circumstances:
    • Enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., GEARUP, TRIO, Upward Bound, or others)
    • You have received or are eligible for the Pell Grant
    • You are eligible to receive or on a free and reduced lunch program (Current high school students only)
    • You live in a federally subsidized public housing, or foster home, or are homeless
    • You are a ward of the state or an orphan

The application fee waiver form provides an option to attach documentation or students may choose to hand deliver document to Office of Admissions and Records, located on the second floor of the Fitzgerald Student Services Building or mail to the following address:

University of Nevada, Reno
Office of Admissions and Records
MS 0110
Attn: Application Fee Waiver
Reno, NV 89557-0120

Please note that application fee waiver requests can take 3-5 business days for processing. Our staff will reach out if there are any concerns regarding the documentation or application submitted. If you have any questions regarding the information above, please email us at