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Fee Waiver Questions

Can I get a fee waiver? (U.S. Citizen and Permanent Resident Applicants)

U.S. citizens and permanent residents may request a campus fee waiver for the application fee within the application. Please note all fee waiver requests must be submitted at least one week prior to the application deadline. Your application must be fully submitted for your fee waiver to be processed. For more information regarding fee waivers, please visit the Division of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs' (GEPA) page on Application Fee and Fee Waiver or email

Can I get a fee waiver? (International Applicants)

International applicants can request a departmental fee waiver via form for the application fee for the program's application. This form is the only way to request a fee waiver for international applicants for the program. Each program at UC San Diego is able to offer a very limited number of departmental fee waivers (typically 5 total). The program will be in touch close to the deadline about if you are chosen for a departmental fee waiver or not. If you are not chosen for a departmental fee waiver, if you want to submit an application, you will need to pay the application fee. Please note that if you pay the application that it is not refundable.