Graduate Division

Fee Waivers

Fee waivers are available for fall quarter admission for up to two state supported programs only. They are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and DACA/AB540 eligible only; international students are not eligible. Eligibility is based on program participation, financial need or US veteran status and is determined by completion of the online application. If, based on information provided on the application, an applicant is determined to be eligible to apply for a waiver, instructions will be presented on the application itself. This will allow you to upload your required document(s) (see below) and submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until a fee waiver is granted or the fee is paid. Please note that waivers are not automatically granted.

Click here for a list of programs eligible for fee waivers.

Waiver Type

Who is Eligible?

Document(s) Required

Diversity Program Participation Based Waivers

Applicants who are participants in good standing or who were participants in good standing at the time of their graduation.

A letter or email from your program director attesting to your participation.

U.S. Veteran

U.S. military veterans with a honorable or general discharge.


Financial Need-Based Waivers

Applicants who are able to demonstrate financial need based on family income.

One of the documents listed below.

To demonstrate financial need you must submit at least one of the following documents:

  1. A letter from a financial aid officer at the college or university you are currently attending. This statement must include your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $2,500.
  2. Your 2021-2022 Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR is generated from the information you provide on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and includes your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $2,500.
  3. A copy of your most recently filed Federal Income Tax Return. Please provide either your Form 1040, if listed as independent or a copy of the 2020 Federal Income Tax Return on which you are listed as a dependent. W-2 forms will not be considered for review.
  4. A benefits stub from your local government agency showing proof of receiving aid dated within the last 90 days. 

Note: Please pay close attention to deadlines for submission of fee waiver requests and documentation. If the graduate program to which you are applying has an earlier deadline than what is noted below, your fee waiver documentation must be received and approved prior to the individual program's deadline. Documentation required for approving a fee waiver request must be uploaded and submitted as part of the graduate application for admission. Your application must be submitted 5 days prior to your individual graduate program's deadline or by March 4 (whichever comes first) of the same calendar year. Applicants requesting a fee waiver who do not meet this deadline will be required to pay the application fee. Applications can be submitted before outstanding materials such as letters of recommendation and test scores are received. Those items will be matched to your application once they are received.

If you opt to not request a fee waiver and upload your documentation, the application fee will be required. All payments are final. If you submit a payment, you will not receive a refund. If your request for a fee waiver is not approved, you will receive an email requesting the application fee.