Application fees and waivers

The Graduate School offers application fee waivers for participants in the following programs: AmeriCorps (currently serving), Black in AI (BAI), Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative, Gates Millennium Scholars, Leadership Alliance, Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (LSSURP), Louis-Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), Math Alliance Scholars, McNair Scholars Program, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Scholar Program, Peace Corps (currently serving), Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP), SMART, Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and Teach for America. If you are affiliated with one of these programs, please send us proof of your affiliation to after you have started an application and before you submit, and we will process your fee waiver for you. 

If you are in the U.S. military you will receive an automatic fee waiver as a thank you for your service (active duty, veteran, previously served, and active reserve are all eligible for this automatic fee waiver).

International Applicants

The Graduate Admissions team has a limited number of application fee waivers to award to top international graduate applicants. Please note that we do not have enough waivers to waive everyone's international application fee and thus will be very selective with these fee waivers. As such, completing the below form in no way guarantees that you will have your application fee waived. We recommend reaching out to your individual department or program to inquire about the possibility of an app fee waiver as an alternative. 

The PRIORITY DEADLINE to apply will be November 15, 2022, at 5 PM Mountain Time. If we still have funds remaining after that date we will accept requests on a rolling basis until our budget is expired. 

All Applicants

Our department can also provide fee waivers to cover the cost of the University of Colorado application fee if you do not qualify for the waivers above and the application fee represents a significant financial burden that would otherwise prevent you from applying to our program. To apply for this waiver, please fill out this Google form with a brief statement explaining this need to our Graduate Program Coordinator. Requesting a fee waiver has no impact on how your application will be evaluated by the admissions committee.

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