Fee Assistance Program

Your fee waiver request must be received and processed before you submit your PTCAS application.

A limited number of PTCAS application fee waivers are available to financially disadvantaged applicants and are granted on a first-come, first-served 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 1 program in PTCAS for free. If you choose to apply to more than 1 program, you will pay a fee of $45 for each additional designation. The PTCAS waiver applies to the PTCAS application fee only. You could still be responsible for supplemental application fees, regardless of your PTCAS waiver status.

Fee Waiver Eligibility

To be eligible for a PTCAS fee waiver you must be a United States citizen or Permanent Resident, or have refugee/asylum status.

Fee Waiver Instructions

Do not submit your application until PTCAS approves or denies your fee waiver request. If you submit your application prior to notification, PTCAS will automatically deny your fee waiver request.

  • On the application dashboard, click your name and select “Fee Assistance Program” from the list.
  • Complete the required fields in the “Financial Income Fee Waiver Request” section.
  • Upload an electronic copy of your most recent federal income tax return (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ) to PTCAS. If you are claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return, such as a parent or parents, submit that tax return instead.
  • Click the Submit button.



Low-Income Levels

The PTCAS fee waiver is tied to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ poverty level guidelines. The Low-Income levels below equal 200% of the DHHS poverty level.


Persons in Family
or Household

48 Contiguous States
and DC



1 $24,120 $30,120 $27,720
2 $32,480 $40,580 $37,340
3 $40,840 $51,040 $46,960
4 $49,200 $61,500 $56,580
5 $57,560 $71,960 $66,200
6 $65,920 $82,420 $75,820
7 $74,280 $92,880 $85,440
8 $82,640 $103,340 $95,060
For each additional person add $8,360 $10,460 $9,620
Fee Waiver Notifications

When a decision is made on your fee waiver application, PTCAS will notify you through your application (login to your account and check for messages) and email. It is important that you not submit your application until you receive your fee waiver decision. All fee waiver decisions are final.

Fee Waiver Expiration

If you are approved for a PTCAS fee waiver, you must submit your PTCAS application within 14 business days from the time the fee waiver approval is emailed to you. If you do not submit your application within 14 calendar days after the fee waiver award date, your fee waiver is automatically forfeited, and you will not be able to submit another fee waiver request during this application cycle.

Applying Fee Waiver to Payment

If a fee waiver is approved, the base application amount will automatically be applied to your account during the application submission and payment process. If you apply to additional programs beyond the scope of your awarded fee waiver, you may be responsible for the additional fees.