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Application Fee and Fee Waiver

Paying/Waiving the Fee

Applicants will be required to pay the application fee or to request a fee waiver at the end of the online application.

Application fees as of September 1, 2016 can be found below:

  • U.S. Citizens & Permanent Resident Applicants: $105.00
  • International Applicants: $125.00

Applicants may submit up to three applications for the same term with one application fee. However, each application must be submitted to a different department.

To begin a second application, complete, pay, and submit one application first Return to the application website, and login using the same login name and password. Please do not start a new account to begin the second application as these actions will result in a second charge of the application fee.

How to Qualify for a Fee Waiver

Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may request a waiver for the application fee. Applicants must provide supporting documentation within three weeks of the application submission date.

Applicants may qualify for a Fee Waiver upon verification of one of the following:

  • Need-Based Federal Aid - FAFSA report, Financial Aid Award Letter, or document posting Federal need-based aid.
  • Financial Hardship - Most recent state or federal tax forms, exhibiting the number of dependents and the adjusted gross income or Federal 1040 forms. See the "Income Eligibility Guidelines" link for more information.
  • U.S. Military Service - Copy of DD 214 (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy) or if active duty, send an email with your legal name, date of birth, and branch of service.
  • Graduate Prep Program Participation - UC San Diego provides a fee waiver for applicants who have participated in specific graduate programs. Note: Not all graduate preparation programs are eligible for the fee waiver. On the "Additional Information" page of the online application select the program in which you participated. The name and business email address of the program director are required for the UCSD Graduate Admissions staff to verify your participation. If this verification cannot be completed, you will be asked to provide additional information or pay the application fee.

How to Request a Fee Waiver

  1. Complete the online application. The option to request a fee waiver is provided before the official submission of your application.

  2. Review the "Apply for Fee Waiver" section, sign, and submit. This action submits your final and official application to UCSD Graduate Admissions.

  3. Check your email.  A confirmation email with be sent with further instructions for submitting your verification.

Please note: Application Fee Waivers can only be processed after Steps 1 and 2 have been completed.