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 November 15, 2021.

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 2022
  • 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. on Nov. 15, 2021

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

In addition, 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
  • Louis-Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
  • 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)
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
  • Teach for America

If you are affiliated with one of these programs, please send proof of your affiliation to before you submit your application, and the university 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).

You may also contact the department directly to ask whether they have fee waivers. A list of our graduate programs with contact information can be found on the Graduate School's website.

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