The information below does not include the Booth School of Business, the Law School, or the Pritzker School of Medicine; consult their admissions materials for information on whether fee waivers are available. Do not contact programs to request fee waivers.
In order to request an application fee waiver, you must first submit an application. Once an application is submitted, your application status portal will display the option to request a fee waiver by filling out a short form and providing documentation, if required. If you are applying to one of the schools or divisions which allows multiple applications, you will need to ensure you are on the status page of the correct application; a separate waiver request must be submitted for each application.
There are six general types of fee waivers, but not all programs offer all of these waivers. In particular, some master’s and professional programs have stricter criteria for approving waiver requests, especially need-based or financial hardship waiver requests. It is important to consider how you will fund the cost of your graduate education, which can be a significant financial investment in your professional and personal development.
Application fees are non-refundable. If you intend to submit a fee waiver request, do not pay the application fee until you receive a decision about your request. If you pay the application fee, and later have your waiver request approved, the fee will not be refunded.