Application Fee Waivers

Some applicants may qualify to have their application fee waived. Although some applicants receive automatic waivers based on prior program participation, waivers must still be processed manually in our system; therefore, requesting a waiver well in advance of the application deadline is necessary. Applicants will NOT be able to submit their application for program review until the waiver has been processed; however, they still have the option to pay the fee. Waivers are processed weekly during regular business hours.

Note: If you request a waiver less than five days prior to your application deadline, chances are that it will not be approved in time, and you will be expected to pay the application fee.  

How to Apply

Eligible applicants may apply for a fee waiver in the fee payment section of the online application system. Applicants should not email individuals within UCSF to request an application fee waiver.

Eligible Applicants

I. U.S. citizens or permanent residents participating in any of the following programs may request these application fee waivers via a drop-down menu in the application portal.

II. U.S. citizens or permanent residents who demonstrate financial need

To be eligible for a fee waiver based on financial need, your adjusted gross income — based on your most current federal income tax return — must not exceed the federal poverty standards defined by the Department of Health and Human Services

If you are requesting a fee waiver based on financial need, please select the "financial need" fee waiver option in the payment area of the online application.

III. Extenuating circumstances

U.S. citizens or permanent residents who do not meet the standards given above, but who would have significant difficulty in paying application fees, may still apply for the waiver. In this case, please select the "financial need" fee waiver option in the payment area of the online application and indicate that you have extenuating circumstances.

Status of Fee Waiver Application

We will notify you of our fee waiver decision by email. If we approve your fee waiver, please submit your application once you have completed all sections.

For general questions regarding fee waivers, contact Christian Sweatt at [email protected]. NOTE: Application fee waiver requests are made within the application portal, not via an email.