Application Fee

 

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

The application fee is $135.00 for domestic applicants and $155.00 for international 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.

To demonstrate financial need you must enter the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) or Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) in the Payment/Fee Waiver page and upload one of the following three items through the online application.

 

Make sure you remove/redact all Social Security numbers before submitting the documents. 

  1. A statement of need from a financial aid officer at the college or university that you are currently attending. This statement must include your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), the financial aid officer’s signature, and your signature verifying that the information reported is correct. Or,

  2. A copy of your Current Student Aid Report (SAR) (not from the previous year) from your FAFSA, or a copy of your CALSAR statement from your California Dream Act Application showing your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). The California Dream Act Application (Dream App, https://dream.csac.ca.gov), or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA, http://www.fafsa.ed.gov) form are both available beginning October 1st. Do not submit a copy of your Dream App or FAFSA. Or,

  3. A copy of your most recent Federal Income Tax return. Provide either your Form 1040, if listed as an independent, or a copy of your parent’s or guardian’s recent Federal Income Tax return, if listed as a dependent. Tip: If you fill out the FAFSA you can use the SAR (see option 2) instead of submitting a tax return.

  • EFC cannot exceed $3,242

  • Annual family income cannot exceed the maximum AGI listed in the Family Income Guidelines below:

 

 

  • FAMILY SIZE (including student) = FAMILY INCOME (Maximum AGI on Tax Return)

    • 1= $25,142

    • 2 = $22,874

    • 3 = $42,606

    • 4 = $51,338

    • 5 = $60,070

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 U.S. Military, can I receive a Fee Exemption?

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

  • ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students)

  • APS Bridge (American Physical Society Bridge Program)

  • BD2K Summer UP

  • 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)

  • Doris Duke Scholars Graduate Fellowship

  • 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, ASHA)

  • 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 (National Science Foundation - 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

  • UC MEXUS / CONACYT

  • U.S. Military

To apply for a Fee Exemption:
  1. Navigate to the Payment section of the application, choose "Yes" to the "Do you need assistance paying for your application processing fee?" question.

  2. Answer the following questions, to determine which program you qualify for, then complete the drop-down menu to tell us which program you participated in. 

  3. Fill out all the required fields on the page. 

  4. Select the "Continue" button.

 
 
 
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