Academic Fee Waivers

Fee Waiver Information

National Park Service regulations allow academic institutions to obtain a waiver of park entrance fees, provided the visit is for academic or scientific purposes, and the resources or facilities that the group intends to use support those purposes.

A school group does not automatically qualify for a fee-waiver just because the visit is educational. Academic groups must demonstrate that they qualify for the waiver by meeting each of the three requirements listed below.


Academic Fee Waiver Requirements

Entrance fee waivers are granted only if each of the above three criteria are met.



All applications must be submitted a minimum of four weeks in advance to allow for processing time. Applications submitted less than four weeks may not be granted due to inability to verify documentation.

If you arrive at the park without the approved fee waiver, you will be required to pay. We cannot issue fee waivers upon request at the entrance station.

Download the Academic Fee Waiver Application here. [PDF 209KB]

Submit all completed applications and required documentation to:


e-mail us


Padre Island National Seashore
Attn: Academic Fee Waiver
P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480

Last updated: April 7, 2023

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P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480


(361) 949-8068
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