Application Fee


What is the application fee, and can it be deferred or waived?

The application fee is $120.00 for domestic applicants and $140.00 for foreign applicants. Electronic payment options are available through our application system.

Fees can not be deferred. International applicants do not qualify for the Graduate Division's application fee waivers or exemptions. 

**This fee does not guarantee admission and is non-refundable**

Do you offer a Fee Waiver for financial hardship or for students currently receiving financial aid?

If you are a US Citizen, AB 540, or Permanent Resident of the United States, you may request an application fee waiver if you believe you are eligible. Please be aware that fee waivers are extremely limited. Please note: If you pay the application fee via credit card, your money will not be refunded to you.

An Application Fee Waiver can be requested in one of two ways, select the option that applies best to your situation

To apply for a Fee Waiver:
  • Select Currently Receiving Financial Aid if this applies to you. Ask your Financial Aid Office to issue you a letter explaining that: you are currently receiving aid, and; that the cost of graduate applications is not included in the student budget at your school. They may or may not choose to include your current financial aid information, this is optional.

    • Upload this letter as a PDF in the Payment/Fee Waiver section.

  • Select Present Financial Situation if you are unable to pay the application fee, and upload a PDF document that shows your itemized monthly family budget, all income and all expenses, and stating why you are unable to pay the fee. Do not send copies of income tax returns or copies of your FAFSA.


When you have uploaded the appropriate documents, submit your application by the application deadline. Fee waivers will only be reviewed for submitted applicants. 

Unfortunately we can not offer a fee waiver to every applicant. If your fee waiver is declined, we will contact you via the email you used on your application. You will be given a limited time (next business day, for example) to pay the application fee. 

I am currently participating in a scholarly program as an undergraduate, or I am a US Military Veteran, can I receive a Fee Exemption?

Fee exemptions are available for applicants who participate in a qualifying program, listed below:

  • APS Bridge (American Physical Society Bridge Program)

  • ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students)

  • CAL Bridge 

  • CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation)

  • CBSE-RMI (Center for Biomedical Science and Engineering - Research Mentoring Institute)

  • CfAO-RIM (Center for Adaptive Optics - Research Internships on the Mainland)

  • Cientifico Latino (US citizens and Permanent Residents)

  • CSU Pre-Doctoral Program

  • Diversity Forum (The California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education)

  • Fulbright (any sponsoring agency)

  • Graduate Pathways to STEM Conference

  • GEM Fellowship

  • LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation)

  • MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers, NIH)

  • MARC (Mentoring Academic Research Careers, ASLHA)

  • MBRS/IMSD (Minority Biomedical Research Support/Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity)

  • McNair Scholars Program

  • MIRT (Minority Biomedical Research Training Program)

  • NAC (National Astronomy Consortium)

  • NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates)

  • Peace Corps

  • PREP (Post baccalaureate Research Experience Program)

  • Project 1000

  • SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science)

  • STEPS Institute (Science, Technology, Engineering, Policy and Society)

  • SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship)

  • SURF-IT (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Information Technology)

  • UC LEADS (University of California Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees)

  • UC-HBCU Initiative (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Alumni for Campus Outreach) 

  • UCEAP Reciprocity


  • US Military Veteran

To apply for a Fee Exemption:
  1. Navigate to the Payment section of the application, choose "Fee Exemption" from the drop-down menu

  2. Complete the information in the following drop down menus to tell us which program you participated in

  3. Click "Continue"