Application Fees & Fee Waivers

The application fee for all degree-seeking applicants is US $105.00. Application fees are non-refundable.

Please pay this fee immediately upon submitting your application through the application platform. The fee must be paid, or a fee waiver must be granted, before your application will be reviewed. If you fail to pay the application fee or to obtain a fee waiver, your application will be cancelled.  

Acceptable Forms of  Payment

  1. Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are the only accepted means of payment. 
  2. Debit cards and credit card debit authorizations are not accepted.
  3. Wire transfers (such as SWIFT or Fedwire) are not accepted.


If you experience an issue or error submitting payment, please confirm that you have used either a Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express card and that you entered the:

  • correct card number
  • correct expiration date and date format
  • correct security code (found on the back of your credit card)

If that does not resolve your issue, please check with your credit card company to make sure that you have not exceeded your credit line and that no holds are on your account. You may also try using a different card.

Fee Waivers

Some PhD or Master's applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver. The eligibility requirements and process to request a waiver are below. Note: fee waiver requests are submitted separately from the application for admission and usually take 2-3 business days to process. Please plan to submit your fee waiver request in well advance of your application deadline whenever possible. The final deadline to submit a fee waiver request is January 2.

Fee Waiver Eligibility 

You must be applying for a PhD or Master's degree. Non-degree applicants are not eligible for fee waivers. US citizens, permanent residents, and non-US citizens are all eligible to request a fee waiver.

Fee waivers may be granted on the basis of:

  • participation in a special program, event, fellowship, or status (see below)
  • documented financial hardship

Special Program, Event, Fellowship, or Status

If you are a member of one of the groups listed here, please provide documentation of your participation/affiliation and dates of participation on your fee waiver request form.

  • AfroTech Conference
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
  • American Physical Society Division of Nuclear Physics Conference Experience for Undergraduates (APS DNP CEU)
  • American Political Science Association - Diversity Fellowship Program/Minority Fellowship Program
  • American Political Science Association - Minority Student Recruitment Program
  • American Political Science Association - Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI)
  • AmeriCorps
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
  • Black in AI
  • BP-Endure Program
  • Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative
  • Central American-Caribbean Bridge in Astrophysics Program
  • Científico Latino Graduate School Mentorship Program (GSMI)
  • Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
  • COMPASS Workshop in Philosophy
  • Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics
  • Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference
  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • GEM Fellow/National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science
  • Grace Hopper Celebration Attendees (vGHC)
  • Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Fellowship
  • Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)
  • Jack Kent Cooke Scholars
  • Laureates & Leaders (MIT)
  • Leadership Alliance
  • LEDA Scholars
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
  • McNair Fellowship
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF)
  • Meyerhoff Scholars Program - University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Minority Access to Research Centers (MARC)
  • Minority Biomedical Research Support Program (MBRS) / Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)
  • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChe)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)
  • National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP)
  • NSF CSGrad4uS Fellows
  • NSF REU Site (at Yale University): Interdisciplinary Research Training Across Biology, Physics, and Engineering
  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
  • Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)
  • Peace Corps
  • Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI)
  • Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship/Rangel Program
  • Pittsburgh Summer Program 1 in Philosophy
  • Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA)
  • QuestBridge Scholars
  • Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference (TAPIA)
  • Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy
  • Sally Casanova Scholars Program
  • Sarah Pettit Fellowship
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Summer Immersion Program in Philosophy at Brown University (SIPP)
  • Summer Program for Women in Philosophy (SPWP) at UCSD
  • The National Name Exchange
  • The PhD Project
  • The Sadie Collective
  • The Women+ of Color Project
  • US Federal Pell Grant Recipient
  • US Veterans with Honorable Discharge or Active Duty in US Armed Forces
  • Yale Bouchet Graduate School Bootcamp (2019 or 2020)
  • Yale Ciencia Initiative
  • Yale Diversity Preview Days Attendee
  • Yale Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity (OGSDD) 
  • Yale Psychology Sneak Peek

Documented Financial Hardship

If the application fee presents a financial hardship for you, you may request an application fee waiver by following the instructions below. The Fee Waiver Request Form will ask for detailed financial information and documentation to support your request. Acceptable documentation may include one or more of the following:

  • a letter from your undergraduate university financial aid officer
  • a statement of liabilities, including prior education loans
  • a statement describing your economic circumstances, including income and assets

How to Request a Fee Waiver

Please follow the instructions below to submit a fee waiver request. A request for a fee waiver should be submitted in well in advance of the application deadline for your program and is separate from your application for admission.

  1. Create an application account by starting your PhD or Master's application.
  2. Complete the Fee Waiver Request Form (now closed for 2023-2024 application cycle). Note: If you started your PhD/Master's application very recently, it may take a few minutes for the system to register your new application and grant you access to the Fee Waiver Request Form.
  3. Submit the Fee Waiver Request Form well in advance of your application deadline. The Fee Waiver Request form will not be available after January 2.
  4. Once you have submitted your fee waiver request, you will receive an email within 2-3 business days indicating whether you have been granted a waiver. If you are not granted a fee waiver, you will need to pay the application fee when you 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.