The Office of Student Affairs and Admissions at SUNY Optometry is pleased to announce its inaugural OptomCAS application fee waiver opportunities. We understand the optometry application fees may pose barriers for prospective applicants who wish to apply. The fee waivers intend to minimize this potential barrier in the application process so that all candidates who wish to apply can.

For the current 2021-2022 application cycle, Doctor of Optometry (OD) applicants may be considered for one of the following two OptomCAS application fee waivers:

  • One $180 application fee waiver (primary school designation)
  • One $70 application fee waiver (secondary school designation)

Although OptomCAS fee waivers are limited and competitive, we do encourage all individuals interested to apply. If you are not awarded a fee waiver, you are still eligible to apply for admission and we look forward to receiving your application.


Open to nation-wide and international candidates. Individuals who believe that their financial circumstances qualify them for an application waiver are eligible. Application fee waivers may only be used toward the current 2021-2022 application cycle, which opens on July 1, 2021, and closes on March 1, 2022.


Application reviews occur on an ongoing, rolling basis. Our Office of Admissions will review applications submitted by the 20th of each month and will announce winners by the first Friday of the following month. The following timeline provide important dates for consideration:

Application Due Date Announcement of Winners
Wednesday, October 20th, 2021
Friday, November 5th, 2021
Saturday, November 20th, 2021
Friday, December 3rd, 2021
Monday, December 20th, 2021
Friday, January 7th, 2021
Thursday, January 20th, 2022
Friday, February 4th, 2022
Sunday, February 20th, 2022
Friday, February 25th, 2022