Academic Fee Waiver

All visitors aged 16 and older must pay the park entrance fee to enter Denali unless they qualify for a fee waiver.

Unlike some national parks, Denali National Park and Preserve does not have a per-vehicle price for entry. Instead, Denali uses a per-person price for entry. There is no entrance fee charged to visitors aged 15 years or younger. Visitors aged 16 and older pay a $15 entrance fee valid for seven consecutive days. This entrance fee is charged year-round. Read more on Denali's Fees and Passes page.

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.


Qualifying for a Fee Waiver

A school group does not automatically qualify for an academic fee waiver. Academic groups must demonstrate that they qualify for the waiver by meeting each of the three requirements listed below:

  1. Eligibility: Applicants must prove they are an academic or scientific institution.
  2. Relevance: 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.
  3. Educational Purpose: Applicants must provide a written statement confirming that the visit supports a specific curriculum for which academic credit is offered.
Academic fee waivers are granted only if each of the three criteria are met.

Applying for a Fee Waiver

To apply for an academic fee waiver, submit the Fee Waiver Application. Applications for academic fee waivers must be received at least two weeks prior to date of your planned visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: July 27, 2023

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