Academic Fee Waivers
The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA), Public Law 108-447, provides the National Park Service statutory authority to allow outings conducted for non-commercial educational purposes by accredited academic institutions to obtain a waiver of park entrance fees.
Commercial enterprises are not eligible for fee waivers, but school groups using a commercial vehicle for transportation only may apply for a fee waiver.
Academic Fee Waiver Criteria for Applicants
National Park Service (NPS) regulations allow school groups and other bona fide national and international academic institutions to obtain a waiver for park entrance fees, provided that the visit is for educational credit or scientific purposes, and the resources or facilities the group proposes to use support those purposes.
Academic fee waivers are not granted automatically. Applicant groups must show they qualify for the waiver. There are three criteria the group must meet to qualify for an academic fee waiver: eligibility, educational purpose, and relevance of park resources or facilities. These criteria are detailed below:
Academic Fee Waiver Criteria
Applicants must prove they are a bona fide academic institution by submitting one of the following:
2. Educational Purpose of the Visit
Applicants must provide a written statement confirming that the visit supports a specific curriculum for which academic credit is offered. Commercial enterprises are not eligible for fee waivers, but groups using a commercial vehicle for transportation only may apply.
3. Relevance of Park Resources or Facilities
Applicants must provide a written statement 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.
If you meet the criteria above submit the following to the address below. Please allow 3 weeks for processing. Please do not submit the application criteria/guidelines pages.
Academic Fee Waiver Application Guidelines
The number of adult sponsors or faculty included in a fee waiver is limited. Please use a guideline of one adult sponsor or faculty per 5 elementary school students; 10 high school students; 20 college students. Specific district, local or state policies and safety standards will be considered.
Number of vehicles: Due to high visitation and limited parking at popular sites in Yellowstone vehicle caravan size under a fee waiver is restricted.
Adults and/or vehicles not included in the fee waiver will be required to pay the per vehicle or perperson fee, depending on vehicle size.
A separate fee waiver is required for Grand Teton National Park.
Academic Fee Waiver Application (42 KB PDF)