The Graduate School is able to grant application fee waivers to applicants who meet specific criteria.

Financial Need Fee Waiver


Individuals experiencing financial hardship who can provide supporting documentation. Must be a domestic applicant. International applicants, see bottom of this section.

Required Documentation

Applicants need to provide an electronic version of one of the following documents. The document must show the applicant's full name, dates confirming that the award or benefit is current, as well as the name of the specific organization providing assistance. Screen shots will not be accepted.

  • Copy of Part 1 of your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the institution you are currently attending with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $7,000 or less
  • Proof of being a SNAP participant
  • Documentation of dislocated worker benefit eligibility
  • A benefits verification letter or a benefits summary letter from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs indicating participation in or eligibility for rehabilitation services.

Scholar Program Participant Fee Waiver


Participated in one of the following scholar programs: McNair, MARC U-STAR, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minorities (LSAMP), Gates Millennium Scholars, GEM, Ford Family Foundation, TRIO Student Support Services (SSS), RISE, and SACNAS conference attendees.

Required Documentation

An email or letter from your program director confirming your successful participation. Visit our Scholar Incentive Program for more information. GEM fellows will upload their application confirmation email or a screenshot of their GEM application status page showing Oregon State as a selected graduate school or confirmation of participation (if already a fellow).

Application fee waiver request process

  1. Start your Graduate School online application, but do not submit the application. The Graduate School cannot award waivers for applications that have already been submitted.
  2. Complete the online Graduate Application Fee Waiver request form using the email you used to create your application. Attach any required documentation. We recommend that you complete this form no later than two weeks from your application deadline.
  3. Wait for your application fee waiver to be reviewed by the Graduate School. The time it takes to receive your decision can vary. The Graduate School may contact you for additional information.
  4. Once the Graduate School has emailed you your fee waiver decision, submit your online application.

Public Health, DVM, and PharmD applicants

Several Oregon State professional programs like the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), PharmD, and some programs in the College of Health require applicants to complete an application outside of the Graduate School application system. The Graduate School cannot provide waivers for these external applications. Learn more about fee waivers/fee reductions on the DVM, PharmD, Public Health affiliated application websites. The Graduate School can provide fee waivers for the supplemental questions portion of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences application that is completed through the Graduate School application.

International applicant fee waivers

The Graduate School does not have application fee waivers for international students. International applicants can check with their local EducationUSA advising office to see if there are educational opportunity programs or local recommendations to fund study in the United States.


Submit Application Fee Waiver


Frequently asked questions

The Graduate School will provide a fee waiver for one application. Please write the program you would like the waiver applied on the Graduate Application Fee Waiver request form.

Fee waivers can be applied only to applications that have not been submitted.

You only need to complete one Graduate Application Fee Waiver request form. Select the eligibility you wish you to be reviewed (financial need or scholar program).

The Graduate School does not have waivers for Active Military. For Active Military and Veterans not receiving rehabilitation benefits, visit the Military & Veteran Resources page to explore opportunities and resources.

The Graduate School does not offer application fee waivers for Peace Corps or AmeriCorps volunteers. Volunteers should check if they meet our financial need eligibility.

It is to your discretion to submit your application with or without the fee waiver to meet your program’s deadline. Submitted applications are no longer eligible for an application fee waiver, and your application fee payment is non-refundable. This is why we recommend submitting your waiver request at least two weeks before your program deadline.


For questions regarding scholar programs application fee waivers, financial need application fee waivers, and other extenuating circumstances, please email [email protected]