The process of qualifying for a university application fee waiver varies depending on the specific situation of the applicant. The SAT, for example, allows submission of up to four college applications with fee exemptions for students who qualify for an income-eligible fee-waiver for the test. Additionally, students that meet income-eligibility guidelines with the National Association for College Admission Counseling are also allowed four university application fee waivers, dependent on acceptance by a particular postsecondary institution.
The NACAC university application fee exemption is available to students who apply for immediate matriculation from secondary education. The guideline for eligibility limits it to pupils who participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program. It is also available to those with a family income that falls below the low-income threshold of federal, state or local assistance programs or families that receive public assistance. Students that are orphaned or a ward of the state, as well as those that are homeless, in a foster home or living in federally subsidized public housing, can apply for an application fee waiver.
The College Board website provides a search tool indicating which public and private universities consider application fee waivers, as well as which institutions have no application fees. The site allows a student to search colleges by city in the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Italy, Bermuda, Belgium and France.