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 are not listed below, please contact the Division of Graduate Studies.

The joint campus Bioengineering PhD application has a separate set of application waivers. More information is available here. 

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.

The graduate application includes an application fee and application waiver/discount page. Applicants indicate on this page whether they are eligible for an application fee waiver or discount. If they are eligible for a waiver or discount, they will be prompted to provide the appropriate documentation needed to verify eligibility.

The approval process is not automated. All requests are reviewed by Division of Graduate Studies staff 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. You will receive an email indicating whether your request has been approved or denied. 

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 Division

Entire Application Fee Waived

fee waiver Type


Required Documentation

Fulbright Applicants

Applicants who are applying for admission as Fulbright applicants through Amideast or IIE. 

Uploaded PDF of your Fulbright dossier. 

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. Applicants with a FAFSA or ORSAA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) or Student Aid Index (SAI) for the current or upcoming academic year that is: 
    1. EFC: $7,395 or less 
    2. SAI: 6656 or less

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) for 2023-24 or FAFSA Submission Summary for 2024-25, or your ORSAA Student Aid Report or a letter indicating your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from a financial aid representative at the institution where you are currently enrolled. The document must show your full name.

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 in Slate.

National Name Exchange Participant

Registrant of the National Name Exchange database for the current year

Applicant's name as it appears in National Name Exchange and Undergraduate Institution

UO Employee

Half-time or greater UO employee (classified, officers of administration and faculty) eligible for staff tuition rates

UO ID Number

Undergraduate Research Program Participant

Participant in undergraduate research programs for minority students.

Program examples: McNair Scholars Program, Project 1000, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), and Gates Millennium Scholars program.

A signed letter from the applicant's program director, research mentor, or academic advisor verifying the applicant's participation


$40 Application Fee Discount

Discount available for Doctoral, Master's, Certificate, Admitted Non-Degree Status and Exchange applicants. 

discount Type


Required Documentation

Service-Based Organization Participant

Participant 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 available for Doctoral, Master's, Certificate, Admitted Non-Degree Status and Exchange applicants. 

discount Type


Required Documentation

Previous Applicants

Applicants who have already submitted a UO graduate admission application and paid the graduate application fee within the same admissions cycle.

The admissions cycle runs Winter through Fall. Example: Winter 2023, Spring 2023, Summer 2023 and Fall 2023.

Applicant Login Name

UO Graduate Student

Current or former UO graduate or law students 

UO ID Number

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