Application Fee Waiver

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs - Diversity Programs is pleased to offer application fee waivers to US citizens and US permanent residents who demonstrate a financial hardship, current or former members of the United States Armed Forces, or those who have participated in specified organizations and training programs listed below. Please click the plus sign (+) symbol below to view a full listing of guidance about the application fee waiver process and to complete the request form for the respective school in which you are applying. Allow at least three business days to process your request, and you will receive an email once your application fee waiver request has been reviewed. 

Eligibility Requirements for Fee Waivers:

Organization Affiliation Eligibility

Applicants who are current or past members of the following organizations may qualify for an application fee waiver. Eligible applicants should complete the fee waiver request and upload a copy of an official certificate of participation.

  •     AmeriCorps
  •     Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers
  •     Leadership Alliance
  •     Lewis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-AMP) programs/ VA-NC Alliance
  •     Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
  •     Mellon Mays Graduate Initiative
  •     National College Advising Corps
  •     National GEM Consortium
  •     Peace Corps
  •     Project 1000
  •     Summer Institute for Literary and Cultural Studies
  •     Teach for America
Active Duty/Veteran Eligibility

Applicants who are active duty service members or veterans may qualify for an application fee waiver.  Eligible applicants should complete the fee waiver request and upload one of the following documents:

  • DD Form 214 – Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
  • DD Form 256 – Honorable Discharge Certificate
  • WD AGO – Enlistment Record
  • Military orders
  • Military identification card
  • Veteran identification card (Virginia)
Need-Based Eligibility

Applicants who receive unemployment benefits, a GRE fee reduction, or an undergraduate student with an expected family contribution of $0 may qualify for a need-based fee waiver. Eligible applicants should complete the fee waiver request and provide one of the following documents:

  • An unemployment benefits statement dated within the previous six months
  • A GRE fee reduction certificate from the Education Testing Service (ETS)
  • A FAFSA indicating an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 toward tuition for the current academic year

Note: Applicants who are applying to graduate programs while not concurrently enrolled in an undergraduate degree are not eligible for the need-based fee waiver based on EFC.


Minority Serving Institution Eligibility

Applicants who have earned or are in the process of earning an undergraduate or graduate degree from a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) on the following list may qualify for an application fee waiver. Eligible applicants should complete a fee waiver request and select the MSI which they attend from the drop-down menu.

Fee Waiver Eligible Minority Serving Institutions


Adams State College

Morgan State University

Alabama A & M University

Morris College

Alabama State University

Mount St. Mary's College

Alaska Pacific University

Murray State College

Albany State University

New Jersey City University

Alcorn State University

New Mexico State University-Grants

Allan Hancock College

Norfolk State University

Allen University

North Carolina A & T State University

Alliant International University

North Carolina Central University

American Indian College of the Assemblies of God

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Antelope Valley College

Northeastern Illinois University

Arizona Western College

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College

Arkansas Baptist College

Northeastern State University

Atlantic College

Northern New Mexico College

Atlantic Union College

Northern Oklahoma College

Bacone College

Northland Pioneer College

Bakersfield College

Oakwood University

Bayamon Central University

Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City

Bayamon University College

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

Benedict College

Our Lady of the Lake University

Bennett College for Women

Paine College

Bethune-Cookman University

Paul Quinn College

Bluefield State College

Philander Smith College

Boricua College

Phoenix College

Bowie State University

Ponce University College

Broward College

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo

Butte College

Prairie View A & M University

California State University - Bakersfield

Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music

California State University - Monterey Bay

Rio Salado College

California State University - Stanislaus

Rogers State University

Cameron University

Rose State College

Cañada College

Rust College

Caribbean University – Bayamon

Saint Augustine’s College

Caribbean University – Ponce

Saint Paul’s College

Carl Albert State College

Saint Peter's College

Carlos Albizu University – Miami

Savannah State University

Central State University

Selma University

Central Wyoming College

Seminole State College

Centro Universitario de Yauco

Shasta College

Cerritos College

Shaw University

Chaffey College

South Carolina State University

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

South Plains College

Citrus College

South Suburban College

Claflin University

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Clark Atlanta University

Southern University and A & M College

Clinton Junior College

Southern University at New Orleans

Coastal Bend College

Southern University at Shreveport

Cochise College

Southwestern Christian College

College of Mount St. Vincent

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

College of the Desert

Spelman College

College of the Redwoods

St. Augustine College

College of the Sequoias

St. Mary's University of San Antonio

Columbia Basin College

St. Thomas University

Concordia College-Selma

Stillman College

Connors State College

Sul Ross State University

Coppin State University

Talladega College

Crafton Hills College

Technological College of San Juan

CUNY College of Technology

Tennessee State University

CUNY John Jay College

Texas A&M International University

CUNY Lehman College

Texas A&M University - Kingsville

Delaware State University

Texas College

Denmark Technical College

Texas Southern University

Dillard University

Trinidad State Junior College

East Central University

Troy University

Eastern Arizona College

Tugaloo College

Eastern Oklahoma State College

Tuskegee University

Eastern University Nueva Esperanza

Universidad Adventista de Las Antillas

Edward Waters College

Universidad Central del Caribe

Elizabeth City State University

Universidad del Este

Escuela de Artes Plasticas de Puerto Rico

Universidad del Turabo

Evergreen Valley College

Universidad del Turabo - Yabucoa

Fayetteville State University

Universidad del Turabo-Cayey

Fisk University

Universidad Metropolitana

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Universidad Metropolitana - Aguadilla

Florida Memorial University

Universidad Metropolitana - Bayamon

Fort Lewis College

Universidad Metropolitana - Jayuya

Fort Valley State University

Universidad Politecnica de Puerto Rico

Galveston College

University of Alaska

Grambling State University

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Grayson College

University of Houston - Downtown

H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College

University of LaVerne

Hampton University

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Harris-Stowe State University

University of New Mexico - Taos

Hartnell College

University of New Mexico - Valencia

Heritage University

University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus

Howard University

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Huston-Tillotson University

University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo

Idaho State University

University of Puerto Rico - Carolina

Imperial Valley College

University of Puerto Rico - Cayey

Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Aguadilla

University of Puerto Rico - Humacao

Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Barranquitas

University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences

Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Fajardo

University of Puerto Rico - Ponce

Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Guayama

University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras

Inter American University of Puerto Rico – Ponce

University of Puerto Rico - Utuado

Inter American University of Puerto Rico - San German

University of Texas - Brownsville

Interdenominational Theological Center

University of Texas - Permian Basin

J F Drake State Technical College

University of the District of Columbia

Jackson State University

University of the Sacred Heart

Jarvis Christian College

University of the Virgin Islands

John Dewey College

Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah

Johnson C Smith University

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

Kentucky State University

Ventura College

Lane College

Virginia Commonwealth University

Langston University

Virginia State University

Le Moyne-Owen College

Virginia Union University

Lincoln University

Virginia University of Lynchburg

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

Voorhees College

Livingstone College

West Virginia State University

Metropolitan College of New York

Western Texas College

Miles College

Whittier College

Mission College

Wilberforce University

Mississippi Valley State University

Wiley College

Montana State University-Billings

Winston-Salem State University

Montana State University-Northern

Woodbury University

Morehouse College

Xavier University of Louisiana



Application Fee Waiver Submission Guidance:

Step 1

Before beginning the application fee waiver form, please make sure that you have first created an online account by establishing a username and password to start your graduate school application.  If you have not created an account, you will be required to do so before you can access the application fee waiver form.  Select the respective school for your graduate program from the Start Your Graduate Application accordion option below and select "First-time users" to create your online account.

Start Your Graduate Application

Step 3

Complete all questions asked and upload any requested documentation to confirm your eligibility status, if applicable.

Important information to know in processing an application fee waiver request:

  •     You must have your application started before requesting a fee waiver.
  •     You cannot be granted a fee waiver after payment of the application fee.
  •     International applicants are not eligible for application fee waivers.

Application fee waiver requests are accepted up to a week prior to the application submission deadline for each program. Within a week of the application submission deadline, no application fee waiver requests will be granted. If you are unsure of your program’s deadline, then consult the school’s website.


Have an application fee waiver code from a Department/Graduate program?

If you have received an application fee waiver code from a UVA Department and/or graduate program, you will select the affiliated school in Step 2 and enter the code provided by the graduate program/department. Once your code has been received, you will continue through graduate admission process. Your application fee waiver code will automatically skip the payment page. 


Resources for International Graduate Students 

In hopes of increasing access to our graduate programs, the following UVA Graduate Schools provide support to offer application fee waivers to international students. All international students who meet the eligibility criteria from the respective UVA School will automatically have an application fee waiver applied at the time of application submission and will not be prompted for payment. We invite you to click the plus sign (+) symbol below to learn more about the UVA Schools offering support to international students.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS)
School of Data Science | Ph.D. Graduate Program
School of Data Science | M.S. in Data Science, Residential
School of Data Science | M.S. in Data Science, Online
School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS) | Graduate Programs

Application fee waiver information for Fall 2024 applicants to all graduate programs: