Fee Waivers and Discounts

The Division of Graduate Studies offers graduate application fee waivers and discounts for applicants who meet specific criteria. If you have questions about fee waivers or discounts that aren’t listed below, please contact the Graduate School.

Applying for a Fee Waiver or Discount

All waivers are requested and approved through the Division of Graduate Studies application, with the exception of Need Based (International Applicants) and program specific waivers such as the Coverdell Fellows program.

Applicants answer a series of questions on the initial application screening to initiate the process of applying for a fee waiver or discount.

If an applicant is eligible to apply for a fee waiver or discount, the questionnaire will prompt them to provide further documentation.

The approval process is not automated. All requests are reviewed by Division of Graduate Studies staff and are processed within 5 business days after submission of required documentation.

Requests are processed in the order received. A payment page indicates that a fee waiver has been denied or not yet processed.

Eligibility and Required Documentation

Application fee waivers or discounts are available to qualified applicants from the following categories but are not granted until the following steps are completed:

  1. Applicant has submitted all required documentation
  2. Applicant fee waiver request has been reviewed and approved as eligible by the Graduate School

Entire Application Fee Waived ($70 Domestic Applicant/$90 International Applicant)

fee waiver TypeEligibilityRequired Documentation
Need-Based (Domestic Applicants)

U.S. citizens, permanent residents or undocumented applicants with demonstrated financial need. Eligible recipients are either:

  1. Current recipients of U.S. unemployment benefits OR State of Oregon or U.S. Public Assistance (food stamps, cash, and medical assistance)
  2. Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students with an expected family contribution (EFC) of $5,711 or less toward tuition for the current academic year

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


A copy of part one of your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) or a letter indicating your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from a financial aid representative at the institution where you are currently enrolled

Need-Based (International Applicants)

The Division of Graduate Studies offers a limited number of fee waivers for international applicants with significant financial need. Applicants must be nominated by their prospective program for a fee waiver

Program applies on behalf of the applicant

Programs submit applications here

National Name Exchange ParticipantRegistrant of the National Name Exchange database for the current yearApplicant's name as it appears in National Name Exchange and Undergraduate Institution
UO EmployeeHalf-time or greater UO employee eligible for staff tuition ratesUO ID Number
Undergraduate Research Program ParticipantParticipant in undergraduate research programs for minority students. Program examples: McNair Scholars Program, Project 1000, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), GEM Fellowship, and Gates Millennium Scholars program.A signed letter from the applicant's program director, research mentor, or academic advisor verifying the applicant's participation
DeferralApplicants who were offered admission to a graduate program who have been approved by their prospective program to defer admission to Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall 2022. A copy of the deferral letter issued to the applicant by their program


$40 Application Fee Discount

discount TypeEligibilityRequired Documentation
Service-Based Organization ParticipantParticipant in AmeriCorps, ESPIRIT, National College Advising Corps, Peace Corps*, Teach for America or Sapsik'ʷałá within the past year

A signed letter from program director verifying the applicant's participation within the past year of application date

U.S. Armed Services

Active member, reservist, or veteran of the U.S. armed services

Copy of current orders or DD-214 or NGB 22


$30 Application Fee Discount

discount TypeEligibilityRequired Documentation
Previous ApplicantsApplicants who have already submitted a UO graduate admission application and paid the graduate application fee within the same admissions cycle. The admissions cycle runs Summer through Spring. Example: Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021

Applicant Login Name

UO Graduate StudentCurrent or former UO graduate or law students 

UO ID Number

*Returning Peace Corps Volunteers applying for the Global Studies program as a Coverdell Fellow are eligible for application fee waivers. Read more here.

To begin your graduate application to the University of Oregon, please contact the program of interest for application information.