Skip to main content

Fee Waiver Eligibility & Instructions

To be eligible to apply for a waiver of the application fee you must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident visa holder. Non-U.S. citizens are not eligible to apply for a fee waiver (except for eligible participants in CSC or CAPES). Applicants to non-degree programs are not eligible for a fee waiver.

Please review the two options below to determine if you are eligible to apply for a waiver of the application fee.

Special Program, Event, Fellowship, or Status

Some applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver on the basis of participation in a program, event, fellowship, or other eligible status. Qualified programs are listed below. You will need to provide documentation of your participation/affiliation and also dates or participation on your fee waiver request form. 

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar
  • BP-Endure Program
  • CAPES-Yale Doctoral Scholars Program (BBS)
  • China Scholarship Council-Yale World Scholars Program (BBS)
  • China Scholarship Council-Yale World Scholars Program (YPH)
  • Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
  • COMPASS Workshop in Philosophy
  • Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics
  • Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Fellowship
  • Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)
  • Laureates & Leaders (MIT)
  • Leadership Alliance
  • LEDA Scholars
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
  • McNair Fellowship
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF)
  • Minority Access to Research Centers (MARC)
  • Minority Biomedical Research Support Program (MBRS) / Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)
  • National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science/GEM Fellow
  • National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)
  • National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP)
  • NSF REU Site: Interdisciplinary Research Training Across Biology, Physics, and Engineering
  • Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI)
  • Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
  • Pittsburgh Summer Program 1 in Philosophy
  • Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA)
  • QuestBridge Scholars
  • Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy
  • SACNAS
  • Sarah Pettit Fellowship
  • Summer Immersion Program in Philosophy at Brown University (SIPP)
  • Summer Program for Women in Philosophy (SPWP) at UCSD
  • The National Name Exchange
  • Veterans with Honorable Discharge or Active Duty in U.S. Armed Forces
  • Yale Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity (OGSDD) Virtual Information Session

Documented Financial Hardship

Applicants with documented financial hardship may be eligible for a fee waiver. On the fee waiver request form you will be asked detailed financial information that will be evaluated in processing your request. You will be asked to provide documentation, which may include:

  • A letter from your undergraduate university financial aid officer
  • Statements of liabilities including prior education loans


Fee Waiver Request - Instructions

Please follow the directions below to request a fee waiver.

  1. Start your Ph.D. or Master's application.
  2. Fill out the Fee Waiver Request Form (available until December 1).
  3. The Fee Waiver Request Form must be submitted by December 1. 
  4. Once we have reviewed your request, you will receive an email within 5-7 business days indicating if you have been granted a waiver. If you are not granted a fee waiver, you will need to pay the application fee in order to submit your application. 

Do not submit your application fee until your Fee Waiver request has been processed and you have received a reply. Paid application fees will not be refunded.