How to navigate enrollment deposit fees to secure your college spot.
Now it’s time to secure your spot. Most schools require you to pay an Enrollment Deposit Fee, and some schools also require a signed Letter of Intent. Learn more about each of these items and how to secure your spot at your new school.
An Enrollment Deposit Fee is a non-refundable cost paid to the school you plan to enroll at. The fee guarantees your spot as a student at that school. Enrollment Deposits range from $100-$1000 and go toward your tuition.
Tip! Before paying an enrollment fee, be sure you understand your financial aid package, specifically the cost of the school after your financial aid is applied. Award Letters can be confusing! If you’re unsure how much the school will cost, consider reviewing your financial aid award letter(s) with your school counselor, or advisor.
If you need help paying the enrollment fee, you can request to have it waived. The National Association For College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) has made a waiver that you can complete. No printing required.
You are eligible for an enrollment deposit if you:
Please Note: If you don’t meet the NACAC Enrollment Deposit Fee Waiver criteria above, you can still reach out to your college’s admission office directly to request a fee waiver. Explain your situation and ask what options are available if you can’t pay the fee.
This is usually a brief email, or signed document in your admissions package in which you declare you plan to attend that school. Not all schools require a Letter of Intent. Some view a paid Enrollment Deposit Fee as proof that you are going to enroll at their school.