AACOMAS Fee Assistance Program

FEE ASSISTANCE AMOUNTS

A limited number of fee waivers are available through the AACOMAS Fee Assistance Program and are worth $195 each. They are distributed to qualified applicants until available funds are exhausted for the 2018 application cycle. These waivers cover the initial application fee for one school designation. If an applicant receives a fee waiver and wishes to apply to more than one school, they are still responsible for the additional fees of $45 per program

TIME FRAME FOR APPLYING

You may request a fee waiver as soon as you have created a AACOMAS Application. Only a limited amount of funds are available for AACOMAS to use for granting fee waiver requests, and once these funds run out, AACOMAS will not honor any further fee waiver requests. You can contact customer service to inquire if waivers are still available before submitting a fee assistance request.  Once you submit a fee waiver request, please allow 10 business days for it to be reviewed.

However, once you are approved for a fee waiver, you are REQUIRED to submit your application to AACOMAS within 14 DAYS (including holidays and weekends) after you are approved. If you fail to submit your AACOMAS application, your fee waiver will be voided and awarded to another applicant. You will NOT be allowed to reapply for a waiver should yours expire, nor will AACOMAS grant any kind of extension on your waiver expiration, so be sure you are ready to submit your application or close to ready before applying for one.

REQUIRED TAX DOCUMENTATION

To be considered for a fee waiver, you must have a filed 2016 Federal Income Tax Return Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ. If you are still claimed as a dependent by a parent or guardian, AACOMAS requires that individual’s Federal Income Tax Return instead of your own.  We will not accept FAFSA or SAR documents.

QUALIFYING FOR A FEE WAIVER

To qualify for a fee waiver, the adjusted gross income listed on the submitted 2016 tax return must fall below the Low-Income Level determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the chart below. Please note that the “size of family” indicates the number of people claimed as dependents on that tax report.

LOW INCOME LEVELS FOR AY 2017-2018 AWARDS *

Size of Family ** Income Level ***
1 $24,120

* The low income level is based on 200 percent of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines. It is used to determine what constitutes a low-income family for the purposes of the SDS, and LDS programs for the Academic Year 2017-2018.

** Size of family means the number of exemptions listed on the qualified income tax return forms. For example, a family size of “4″ may include two parents and two dependents.

*** Income Level refers to the ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME stated on the 2016 filed federal income tax return 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ.

2 $32,480
3 $40,840
4 $49,200
5 $57,560
6 $65,920
7 $74,280
8 $82,640
For each additional person add: $8,360

THE FEE WAIVER APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply for a AACOMAS fee waiver, please follow the steps below:

Start your AACOMAS Application

Create, but do NOT submit, an AACOMAS Application. You can NOT apply for a fee waiver prior to creating an account with AACOMAS.

Determine When to Apply For Your Waiver

Fee waivers are only valid for 14 DAYS (including holidays and weekends) after you are approved, so be sure you are ready to submit your application or close to ready before applying for one. However, they are also limited, and AACOMAS historically runs out of waivers by midsummer.  Please consider all of these factors while deciding when to apply.

Complete and Submit Your Fee Assistance Application

Click your name in the upper right hand corner of your AACOMAS application. Select “Fee Assistance Program” to bring up the Fee Assistance Application. Prior to applying for fee assistance,  You will need a copy your filed 2016 Federal Income Tax Return Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ. CAUTION:  If you are  claimed as a dependent by a parent or guardian on the 2016 form, AACOMAS requires that individual’s Federal Income Tax Return instead of your own.

On this page you are required to list your family size  and the ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME listed on your 2016 filed Federal 1040 tax form. You will then be asked to upload a scanned copy of your 1040.  AACOMAS does NOT have access to your tax documents; they must be uploaded.

 

IMPORTANT: All Fee Assistance Applications must be submitted to AACOMAS electronically via your online application. AACOMAS will NOT accept fee waiver applications by paper mail or e-mail. DO NOT MAIL FEE WAIVER REQUESTS TO AACOMAS as they will NOT be considered.

Await Notification

DO NOT e-submit your AACOMAS application until you have been notified as to whether or not you have been approved to receive a AACOMAS fee waiver. If you e-submit prior to notification, your fee waiver application will be denied. It may take up to 10 business days from the date your request is submitted for your application to be processed by AACOMAS and a response issued. You will receive notification regarding the status of your fee waiver request via a message sent to both your e-mail address and your AACOMAS Application Inbox.

Submit Your Application and Pay Via Credit Card

Once you have been approved for a AACOMAS fee waiver you will have 14 days (including weekends and holidays) to submit your application. If you do not submit your application within that time frame, your fee waiver will be voided and the funds will be allocated to another qualifying applicant and you may not reapply. Please note that AACOMAS does not need to receive any outstanding transcripts, references, or test scores within the 14 day window; all that is required to claim the fee waiver is that you have e-submitted the application and made your payment.

HOW THE FEE WAIVER PAYMENT PROCESS WORKS

If you are approved for a fee waiver, the fee waiver amount of $195 will AUTOMATICALLY be deducted from your fees owed when you submit your application. You should pay any remaining balance for additional programs with a credit card.

COMMON QUESTIONS:

Q: I applied for and received a fee waiver last cycle. Can I apply again this cycle?

A: YES.


Q: Does AACOMAS run out of fee waivers? How will I know if they are still available?

A: YES. AACOMAS is granted a limited supply of fee waivers and once we run out, we can no longer honor waiver requests  for the duration of the application cycle. We encourage applicants to apply early if they wish to take advantage of the fee waiver program. Please note:  if you choose to apply early, you must submit your AACOMAS application within 14 days of receiving the waiver or it will be voided and  funds given to another applicant. If you have any questions regarding the availability of fee waivers, please contact AACOMAS customer service.


Q: Can I apply for a fee waiver after I e-submit my application?

A: NO, fee waivers can NOT be granted after you submit your application. Applicants who wish to obtain fee waivers must apply well in advance of their deadline and wait until a decision on their request has been made before submitting. If you submit while your fee waiver application is still pending, AACOMAS will NOT honor your request and your fee waiver will be denied.


Q: Why was my fee waiver application denied?

A: Fee waiver decisions are made based solely upon the income and size of family indicated on the submitted tax forms. Extenuating circumstances are NOT considered. Applicants whose income does not meet these requirements will be denied.


Q: My fee waiver was voided because I did not submit my application within the 14 day time frame. Can I reapply for a fee waiver?

A: NO. Applicants can only apply for a fee waiver once per application cycle. If your fee waiver has been voided, any further attempts to apply for a fee waiver during the current cycle will be denied.


Q: If I am denied an AACOMAS fee waiver, may I request a waiver of supplemental fees from my chosen schools?

A: Some schools may accept individual requests for waivers. Contact the schools directly.  AACOMAS is not responsible for supplemental fees.



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