Fee Waivers

Q: Is there a fee waiver for the PTCAS application?

A: A limited number of PTCAS application fee waivers are available. Waivers are granted to financially disadvantaged applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. PTCAS will decide if you qualify for a fee waiver based on your income, or your parent’s income if you are claimed as a dependent, as reported on the most recent Federal Income Tax Return. No other documentation is accepted. If you receive a fee waiver, you may apply to one PTCAS program for free. If you receive a waiver and choose to apply to more than one PTCAS program, you will be responsible for the incremental fee of $45 for each additional designation.

Q: Can I e-submit my application before I’m granted a fee waiver?

A: No. Your fee waiver request MUST be received and processed BEFORE you e-submit your PTCAS application.

Q: How do I apply for a fee waiver?

A: To be considered for a PTCAS fee waiver, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen, United States Permanent Resident, or have refugee/asylum status
  • Submit a PTCAS Fee Waiver Request form. (Please see the PTCAS Fee Waiver page for the form.) Mail completed form to PTCAS, Fee Waiver Division, PO Box 9112, Watertown, MA 02471
  • Submit the completed form with a copy of your most recent Federal Income Tax Return (1040) to PTCAS. Submit your parent’s Tax Return, if claimed as a dependent
  • Do NOT e-submit your application until PTCAS approves or denies your fee waiver request. If you e-submit your application prior to notification, PTCAS will automatically deny your fee waiver request
  • Once you have been approved for a PTCAS fee waiver, please choose the money order option as your form of payment

    Please note:  PTCAS does not accept any other documentation apart from the Federal Income Tax Return (1040).

Q: How do I know if I’m eligible for a fee waiver?

A: PTCAS fee waiver decisions are tied to the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ poverty level guidelines. The Low-Income Level is based on 200 percent of the United States Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines and used to determine what constitutes a low-income family.

Go to the PTCAS Fee Waiver page for the latest low income levels used to determine eligibility.

Q: How do I apply for a fee waiver if I am an International applicant?

A: International applicants are not eligible for the PTCAS fee waiver at this time.