Entrance Fee Waivers
National Park Service regulations allow outings conducted for non-commercial educational purposes by schools and other bona-fide academic institutions to obtain a waiver of park entrance fees, provided the visit is for educational purposes, and the resources or facilities that the group intends to use support those purposes.
Academic fee waivers are not granted automatically. Applicant groups must demonstrate that they qualify for the waiver. There are three requirements (listed below) that groups must meet to qualify for an academic fee waiver: eligibility, educational purpose, and relevancy of park resources or facilities.
Requirement #1 - Eligibility
National or international applicants must prove they are a school or bona-fide academic institution by submitting one of the following types of documentation:
Requirement #2 - Educational Purpose
Applicants must provide a written statement confirming that the visit supports a specific curriculum for which academic credit is offered. If the group is on a commercial tour, the applicant must state how the tour supports the curriculum. In addition, it is the responsibility of the school group to submit the request for academic fee waiver, not the commercial tour company.
Requirement #3 - Relevance of Park Resources
Applicants must provide a written explanation identifying the park resources and/or facilities that will be used to support the educational purpose of the visit, and how they are relevant to that purpose.
How to Apply
Submit via email or mail a completed application form along with required supporting documentation.
Academic Fee Waiver Application
Mail: Revenue and Fee Business Manager
NOTE: Applications must be received three weeks prior to your anticipated arrival date at the park.