Graduate Application Fee Waivers

The Graduate School offers graduate application fee waivers for applicants who meet specific criteria, detailed below. All fee waivers are requested and approved through the online Graduate School application in GradWeb. Applicants answer a series of questions on the initial application screen to initiate the process of applying for a fee waiver. If an applicant is eligible to apply for a fee waiver, the questionnaire will prompt them to provide further documentation (see below). 

The fee waiver approval process is not automated. All fee waiver requests are reviewed by Graduate School staff and are typically processed within 5 business days after submission of required documentation. Fee waiver requests are processed in the order received.  A payment page indicates that a fee waiver has been denied, not yet processed or the need-based quota has been met.

Please note: documentation must be submitted 10 business days prior to the department's application deadline. Late requests will be automatically denied.

Qualified Applicants and Required Documentation

An unlimited number of application fee waivers are available to qualified applicants from the following categories but are not granted until the following steps are completed: 

  • Applicant has submitted all required fee waiver documentation at least 10 business days prior to the department's application deadline.
  • Applicant fee waiver request has been reviewed and approved as eligible by the Graduate School;
Applicant Type Required Documentation
Matriculated UO graduate students or law students (returning or continuing). 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


Need-Based Fee Waivers 

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 with demonstrated financial need. 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 at least 10 business days prior to the department's application deadline;
  • 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 applied until the applicant submits the completed Graduate School application. Approved need-based waivers are not guarenteed and are contingent on fee waiver availability at the time a completed application is submitted.

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.

The application fee can be waived for international students only in special cases. International students must contact the Graduate School for approval.

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