Application Fees and Payments

APPLICATION FEES

The cost for a CASPA application is $175 for the first program you apply to. Any additional programs you choose to apply to will cost $45 per designation, even if you submit those programs later in the application cycle.

SUBMITTING A FEE PAYMENT

You will be taken through the payment process when you e-submit your application. DO NOT SUBMIT ANY PAYMENTS PRIOR TO E-SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION. On the payment screen, you may choose to pay by either of the following methods:

Credit Cards

CASPA only accepts VISA or MasterCard, and payments will be processed immediately upon submission. Payments will show up on a statement as CASPA. PAEA, or LIAISON INTERNATIONAL.

Money Order or Cashier’s Check
  • THESE ARE NOT THE SAME AS PERSONAL CHECKS. Personal checks are NOT accepted by CASPA.
  • CASPA only accepts money orders or cashier’s checks made out in U.S. Dollars.
  • Money orders should be made out to “CASPA.”
  • Write your CASPA ID# on the money order itself. This prevents processing issues if we cannot identify your signature on the order or if another individual bought the money order for you.
  • If you select money order, you will be given a payment sheet which you should print out and send with your money order. This sheet includes the address to which the money order should be sent.
  • It takes 7-10 business days for CASPA to receive and process money orders from the date they are mailed.

IMPORTANT: FEE WAIVER RECIPIENTS must select the money order option when submitting your application to claim your waiver.

CASPA does NOT Accept the Following Payment Methods

Cash payments
Personal checks
Debit card payments
Credit cards other than VISA or MasterCard
Money orders or cashier checks made out in foreign currency
Credit card payments made over the phone

*WARNING: Once you have selected your payment option, it can NOT be changed for any reason.

CASPA REFUND POLICY

Once payment is posted to your application, your designated programs have full online access to your application information. Because of this, NO REFUNDS will be given. As stated in CASPA’s policies, which all applicants must agree to upon submitting their application, it is the applicant’s responsibility to complete their application correctly, to monitor the status of their application, to ensure all required documents are received and posted to their application, to respond to all notifications in a timely manner, and to adhere to the deadline requirements posted by their PA programs.

CREDIT CARD PAYMENT DISPUTES

Applicants who issue credit card charge backs not authorized by CASPA will receive a Bad Payment notification and the application will be removed from consideration from all programs. Applicants will be given 10 business days to send in a money order payment for their full application fee + a $25 bank processing charge to reinstate their application. If CASPA does not receive payment within the allotted time frame, the application will remain blocked and all programs to which you applied will be notified of non-payment. Should the application cycle end with an  application in a bad payment status, the applicant will be barred from creating future CASPA accounts until all fees owed to CASPA from previous cycles are paid in full.

ANY APPLICANT USING THE CREDIT CARD OF A PARENT OR GUARDIAN TO PAY APPLICATION FEES IS STRONGLY ADVISED TO COMMUNICATE WITH  THE CARD’S OWNER AND ENSURE THEY ARE FULLY AWARE OF ALL CHARGES. ONCE A CARDHOLDER DISPUTES A CHARGE, YOUR APPLICATION WILL ENCOUNTER DELAYS, HOLDS, AND ADDITIONAL FEES EVEN IF THE CARDHOLDER REVERSES THE REQUEST. 

COMMON QUESTIONS:

Q: What does the CASPA fee cover?

A: The CASPA fee covers the processing of your CASPA application only. Please note that some programs charge additional or supplemental fees. To determine what these may be, please contact the programs to which you are applying.

Q: What is a money order? Where can I get one?

A: A money order is a special type of check in which you pay the funds up front, rather than having them withdrawn from your account later as with a personal check. You may purchase a money order at a bank or post office, usually for a fee.

Q: How do I pay my application fee with a money order?

A: When you submit your application, you should select “money order.” You will then print out the payment form and mail it in to CASPA along with a money order made out in U.S. funds and made payable to CASPA. You should include your FULL NAME AND CASPA ID NUMBER ON THE FORM AND MONEY ORDER. Please mail the money order to:

CASPA Payment Dept
P.O. Box 9108
Watertown, MA 02471

Q: Can I change my payment option once I e-submit my application?

A: NO. Once you have selected a payment option, it can not be changed after you e-submit your application.

Q: Can CASPA process my application with a partial payment?

A: NO. Your application cannot be processed unless your initial application fee is paid in full. Applicants who submit multiple times to different schools but fail to pay the initial application fee are not considered complete and cannot be processed by CASPA.

Q: If I want to apply to some schools now and add more schools later in the cycle, will I start over at the base fee?

A: NO. If you wish to add more schools at a later date, they will continue to be $45 per school.



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