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Fee Waiver

Application Fee

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions charges a nonrefundable application fee of $75. If you have submitted your application through the ApplyTexas website without paying this fee, you may pay the application fee using the link below.

I've submitted my application and would like to pay the fee.

Fee Waiver Requests

Texas State is committed to providing fee waivers to students with demonstrated need. The program is designed to cover the cost of applying for admission to Texas State’s undergraduate programs. International applicants and applicants seeking a second bachelor's degree cannot qualify for the fee waiver option and are required to pay the application fee.

Application fee waivers are subject to the approval of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and are granted based on evidence of financial need. To qualify, you must be a United States citizen, permanent resident or a student identified under Senate Bill 1528 and demonstrate that paying the application fee causes a serious financial hardship.

Qualification Documentation

NOTE: In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, we have expanded the qualifications and documentation required for application fee waivers, as noted below. For additional updates related to COVID-19, visit our FAQ page.

You may demonstrate that you qualify for an application fee waiver through one of the following options:


You may qualify for an application fee waiver if your Student Aid Report (SAR) indicates an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 5,000 or less. To obtain your SAR, please complete and submit the FAFSA or TASFA. Once an EFC is established, you will gain access to your SAR. If your SAR states your EFC is 5,000 or less, please email that document to Both the FAFSA and TASFA are available in October each year for the following academic year.

2. Income Tax Form

For Spring or Summer 2021, submit a copy of page 1 of a 2017 Income Tax form that reflects your total family income at or below the federal economic index for free/reduced lunch eligibility requirements

For Fall 2021, submit a copy of page 1 of a 2018 Income Tax form that reflects your total family income at or below the federal economic index for free/reduced lunch eligibility requirements

3. Fee Waiver Request Form

If you are unable to submit one of the items above, you may complete and submit the Special Circumstance Form for consideration. [Loss of income due to COVID-19 may also be reported using this form.]

4. Additional Documents Now Being Accepted for all 2021 terms

Fee waivers issued for ACT and/or SAT testing and documentation of free/reduced lunch eligibility will be accepted for all 2021 applicants.

All documents supporting an application fee waiver request should be submitted to our office via one of the following methods.

Email:, subject line "Fee Waiver Request"

Fax:  512.245.9020

Texas State University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Richard A. Castro Admissions Center
429 N. Guadalupe St.
San Marcos, TX  78666

Students who qualify for the application fee waiver also qualify to have their housing prepayment deferred by the Department of Housing and Residential Life. Learn more about housing prepayment deferral.