How to get TFA fee waivers

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How to get TFA fee waivers

Postby RTFM » Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:31 pm

I just wrote a PM about how to go about getting TFA fee waivers when I realized that this is probably helpful info for all corps members who are applying. Let me know if you have any questions!

You will need to go through each school individually to get your TFA fee waiver. The best way to start is by looking at the schools that TFA lists as granting fee waivers. The link on tfanet is:


but in case that doesn't work, it's under the "career" tab, and then find "law," and somewhere on the right side of the screen there is a link to the grad school partnership page. Once you're there, you can filter for law school.

After I found that, I made a list of the schools that I was interested in applying to that were listed as granting application fee waivers (if you wanted to, you could also make a list of the ones that have TFA scholarships at the same time, but I waited on that). Then I sent this e-mail to each of the schools:

Dear Admissions Office,

My name is XX, and I am a Teach For America corps member interested in applying to XXX this fall. I am writing to find out more information about the application fee waiver you have for TFA corps members.

Thank you,


You could probably find the info on each school's website, and some schools will just direct you to the relevant portion of the website, but honestly I think it's way too much to expect us to do that for every single school we want to apply to and most schools will very cheerfully write you back and let you know what you need to do to get the fee waiver.

Some schools will just grant you the fee waiver, other schools make you fill out a form and then scan it or fax it back to them.You will definitely need is a letter verifying your current status as a TFA member. (Actually, for the University of Chicago you will also need your program director to send them an e-mail, but you can worry about that later).

The link for that letter is:


But in case that doesn't work, go to the "career" tab, click on grad school resources, and on the right-hand side there is a box that says "Related Resources, and in that box is a link to download your verification letter.

Good luck!

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Re: How to get TFA fee waivers

Postby Eugenie Danglars » Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:53 pm

Also, a similar letter works for Peace Corps Volunteers. Just send a brief email with your verification of service (that you can get from your AO).

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