Graduate Application Fee Waivers

The Graduate School offers graduate application fee waivers for the qualified applicants listed below. All fee waivers are requested and approved through the online Graduate School application in GradWeb. Applicants answer a questionnaire on the initial application screen which determines eligibility for a fee waiver. Here they provide required information and documentation (if applicable). For waiver requests that require documentation, applicants are able to submit documentation at two points in the application:

      1. Upon beginning an application applicants can upload required fee waiver information and documentation by clicking “Upload Now."


      2. On the final payment page of the application applicants can upload required fee waiver documentation by clicking “Upload Now.” This option appears                 when applicants have selected “Upload Later” at the beginning of the application.

Applicant requests will be processed in the order received. Please note, applicants requesting fee waivers must submit their information and documentation (if applicable) 10 business days prior to the department's application deadline. Late requests will be automatically denied.

Need-based fee waivers are offered on a limited basis and are not granted until all of the following steps are complete:

  • Applicant has submitted all required fee waiver documentation;
  • Applicant fee waiver request has been reviewed and approved as eligible by the Graduate School;
  • The application to the University of Oregon Graduate School has been completed and submitted via GradWeb.

Even if an applicant has requested a need-based fee waiver and the request has been approved by the Graduate School, the fee waiver will not be granted until the applicant submits the completed Graduate School application.

Qualified Applicants and Required Documentation

An unlimited number of application fee waivers are available to qualified applicants from the following categories:

Applicant Type Required Information
Admitted graduate students (returning or continuing graduate students) UO ID Number
Applicants who have already submitted a UO graduate admission application and paid the graduate application fee for the same academic school year. Application login name
Half-time or greater UO employee eligible for staff tuition rates. UO ID Number
Participant in undergraduate research programs for minority students including the McNair Scholars Program, Project 1000, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), and Gates Millennium Scholars program. A signed letter from the program director verifying the applicant's participation
Participant in service-based organizations including Peace Corps and Teach for America. A signed letter from program director verifying the applicant's participation within the past year from application date
Active member, reservist, or veteran of the U.S. armed services. Copy of current orders or DD-214

A limited number of application fee waivers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis to applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents eligible under the following category:

Applicant Type Required Documentation

Applicants with financial need:

1. Current recipients of unemployment benefits OR State of Oregon or U.S. Public Assistance (food stamps, cash, and medical assistance).


2. Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student with an expected family contribution (EFC) of $5,328 or less toward tuition for the current academic year.

1. Unemployment benefits statement dated within the previous three months or a signed and dated statement from caseworker verifying receipt of benefits within the previous three months.


2. A letter or FAFSA from a representative at the institution where the applicant is currently enrolled as a student which indicates the EFC. Alternately, applicants may submit a copy of Part One of Student Aid Report (SAR) from the institution they are currently attending.

To begin your graduate application to the University of Oregon, please contact the department of interest for application information. Visit our Academic Programs page for a list of graduate programs offered at the UO.

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