Sample Letter to the Secretary asking for the Fee Waiver

Dear Ms. Smith,

I am writing to let you know that I am very interested in PhD program in Physics at Princeton University. I am going to submit my application shortly.

I have one problem though. Unfortunately, I am unable to pay the required application fee. You probably know about the financial situation in Russia: my fellowship at the institute is $20 per month and my parents earn total of $60 per month, which is hardly enough to buy food.

I would like to ask you about the possibility to waive the fee or defer the payment until my arrival in US.

Thank you very much for your help and understanding.

Ivan Ivanov

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