The College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Boulder is once again offering a program that allows qualifying PhD applicants to waive their application fees until Nov. 15, 2023.

The program is intended to support our college's strategic vision to become a premier destination for U.S. graduate students.

The minimum requirements are:

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • Applicant must be applying for a PhD program in the College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Applicant must be applying to enroll in fall 2024
  • Applicant must have at least a 3.4 GPA from their accredited undergraduate institution
  • Applicant must meet all department requirements for their PhD programs
  • Application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. MST on Nov. 15, 2023

The offer will be applied automatically to qualifying students in the application portal; no code is needed. Questions may be directed to Meredith Canode, senior director of graduate programs, at

Please note: While the application fee waiver should be automatically applied, please allow 24-48 hours processing time. After submitting your application, you should ignore the payment window and check back at a later time to gain access to your status page and verify that the waiver has been successfully applied. If you continue to have issues accessing the status page after 24-48 hours, please reach out to for assistance.

Additional Graduate School Waivers

In addition, the Graduate School offers application fee waivers for participants in the following programs. 

  • AmeriCorps (currently serving)
  • Black in AI (domestic/permanent resident applicants only)
  • Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity Initiative (BUILD)
  • Científico Latino Graduate School Mentorship Initiative (GSMI)
  • Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • GEM Fellows 
  • 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 Scholar Program (MARC)
  • Peace Corps (currently serving)
  • Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
  • Teach for America (currently serving)
  • Women+ of Color Project (W+OCP)

If you are affiliated with one of these programs, you will be able to indicate your involvement within the online application under ‘Additional Information.’ We ask that you describe your involvement with the program, and upload supporting documentation there. 

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).

If you are undocumented and/or a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiary, please contact to inquire about possible fee waivers.

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