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Academic Fee Waivers

A school bus in Zion Canyon.
 
Academic Fee Waiver Information
Academic fee waivers are granted to educational institutions whose curriculum relates specifically to the resources at Zion National Park. Completed applications along with required documentation may be submitted via e-mail, fax, or mail.

Email: Zion_Fee_Waivers@nps.gov
Fax: 1-435-772-0281
Mail: Fee Management Office: Attention Fee Clerk
Zion National Park, Springdale, UT 84767

All applications must be received within two weeks prior to anticipated trip.

Fee Waiver Information
National Park Service regulations allow school groups and other approved national and international academic institutions to obtain a waiver of park entrance fees, provided the visit is for educational or scientific 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 the group must meet to qualify for an academic fee waiver: eligibility, educational purpose, and relevancy of park resources or facilities.

Requirement #1 - 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.

Requirement #2 - 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.

Requirement #3 - Eligibility
Applicants must prove they are an academic or scientific institution by presenting one of the following types of documentation:

  • A statement confirming educational or scientific tax exemption from the IRS or the applicant's national, state, or local tax authority; or
  • A statement from an academic institution that meets one of these eligibility standards confirming that the group is visiting for the purpose of providing transferable academic credit based on a curriculum; or,
  • A statement confirming accreditation or recognition as an educational institution from a qualified national, regional, state, or local authority.

Completed applications along with required documentation may be submitted via e-mail, fax, or mail.

Email: Zion_Fee_Waivers@nps.gov
Fax: 1-435-772-0281
Mail: Fee Management Office: Attention Fee Clerk
Zion National Park, Springdale, UT 84767

All applications must be received within two weeks prior to your anticipated trip.

Fee Waiver Requirements, Application and Instructions

If your group does not meet the three requirements your group may be considered as a Non-Commercial Organized Group. Youth 15 years of age and younger would be exempt from fees. Click here for specifics.

Home Schools
Home schools may be granted fee waivers based on the course of study following the procedures above, as long as they meet your state requirements for home schools. A copy of your state's department of education requirements may be requested if you are out-of-state.

Groups that do not qualify for an academic fee waiver will be charged the appropriate entrance fee. The entrance fee for non-commercial organized groups is $12.00 per person for all individuals 16 years of age and older. Zion Annual Pass, Interagency Annual, Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age, and Golden Access Passport holders and their immediate family members (parents, spouse, and children) do not have to pay the per person entrance fee.

All vehicles at or above 94" wide(7'10"), and/or 136" high (11'4") require an escort for passage through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. The fee for this service is $15.00.

Did You Know?

Kolob Arch

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