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School-Based Waivers

Applicants who do not qualify for the GRE or Diversity Program waivers can request an application fee waiver directly from the school they will be applying to.

Stanford schools currently granting application fee waivers include:

  • Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences Waiver
  • Graduate School of Education Waiver
  • Engineering Waiver 
  • Medicine Waiver (PhD only)
  • Humanities & Sciences Waiver (PhD & DMA Only)
  • For Business (PhD), Law,and Medicine-MD,go to the school website.

Find below information that will help you successfully obtain a waiver from your Stanford school of choice.

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School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences Fee Waiver

Graduate Admissions Deadlines
School Website:  School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
Lupe Carrillo, PhD., lupec@stanford.edu
Stanford Earth’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, streamsurge@stanford.edu

Fee Waiver Description

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is providing a set number of fee waivers to students who would like to apply to graduate programs in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and are in financial need. 

  • You should only request a School-based waiver if you do not qualify for the GRE or Diversity Program Participation fee waivers.
  • All fee waiver applications must be completed 10 business days prior to your department deadline. We will do our best to review and respond to your application within a week of receiving it.
  • As we are paying for each request that we receive, please only sign up if you are sure you will be applying this application season.
  • Please note that a limited number of application fee waivers are available and applications will be reviewed on a first-come basis.
  • Acceptance or denial of your application for a fee waiver does not affect your likelihood of admission into a graduate program.
  • If the application fee waiver is approved then the applicant will be sent a code to enter in the payment section of the online application.
  • No refund will be given if you apply for a fee waiver and pay the application fee instead of using your application fee waiver code.  If we deny your request for a waiver, we will instruct you to pay the fee.
  • The questions below are included in the application, do not send your essays directly to the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Waiver Application Essay Questions

  1. Briefly describe your prior research experience.
  2. In one paragraph, please describe how your interests and background (in terms of culture, race, gender, ethnicity, (dis)ability, socioeconomic status, work/life experience etc.) would contribute to the diversity (broadly defined) of students pursuing graduate degrees in Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences at Stanford.
  3. Please describe in 250-500 words why you believe you are eligible for and should receive a fee waiver. Can you further expand on financial need and why this waiver would be helpful?

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Graduate School of Education

Graduate Admissions Deadlines
School WebsiteSchool of Education
Graduate School of Education
GSE Admissions Office, gseadmissions@stanford.edu

Fee Waiver Description

The Stanford Graduate School of Education is committed to increasing the diversity in the field of Education. With this commitment in mind, we will be able to offer a limited number of fee waivers to applicants experiencing financial hardship. Preference is given to low-income, first generation and underrepresented minority US domestic applicants.

  • You should only request a School-based waiver if you do not qualify for the GRE or Diversity Program Participation fee waivers.
  • All fee waiver applications must be submitted at least 10 business days prior to your department deadline. We will release our fee waiver decisions on the following dates: October 16th, October 30th, November 13th, November 20th, December 11th, and January 6th.
  • As we are paying for each request that we receive, please only sign up if you are sure you will be applying this application season.
  • Please note that a limited number of application fee waivers are available and applications will be reviewed on a first-come basis.
  • Acceptance or denial of your application for a fee waiver does not affect your likelihood of admission into a graduate program. 
  • If the application fee waiver is approved then the applicant will be sent a code to enter in the payment section of the online application.
  • No refund will be given if you apply for a fee waiver and pay the application fee instead of using your application fee waiver code.  If we deny your request for a waiver, we will instruct you to pay the fee.

Waiver Application Essay Questions:

  1. Please describe in 250 words or less why you believe you are eligible for and should receive a fee waiver. Preferences is given to low-income, first generation and underrepresented minority US domestic applicants experiencing financial hardships.
  2. Please list any research, honors, and diversity related programs in which you have participated.

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School of Engineering

Graduate Admissions: Deadlines
School Website: School of Engineering
Email: futuregradengineer@stanford.edu 

Fee Waiver Description

The Stanford School of Engineering is committed to increasing the diversity of its graduate programs. Preference is given to low-income, first generation and underrepresented minority students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Fee Waivers are available for students applying to both doctoral programs and master's programs.

  • You should only request a School-based waiver if you do not qualify for the GRE or Diversity Program Participation fee waivers.
  • All fee waiver applications must be completed 10 business days prior to your department deadline. We will do our best to review and respond to your application within a week of receiving it.
  • As we are paying for each request that we award, please only sign up if you are sure you will be applying this application season.
  • Please note that a limited number of application fee waivers are available and applications will be reviewed on a first-come basis.
  • Acceptance or denial of your application for a fee waiver does not affect your likelihood of admission into a graduate program. 
  • If the application fee waiver is approved then the applicant will be sent a code to enter in the payment section of the online application.
  • No refund will be given if you apply for a fee waiver and pay the application fee instead of using your application fee waiver code.  If we deny your request for a waiver, we will instruct you to pay the fee.

Waiver Application Essay Questions:

  1. In 250-500 words, please describe your research experiences.
  2. In 250 words or less, please describe how your research interests and background (in terms of race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity, socioeconomic status, citizenship or immigration status, sexual orientation, disability/ability, veteran status, work, and life experiences) would contribute to the diversity (broadly defined) of students pursuing a PhD in the School of Engineering at Stanford.
  3. Please describe in 250 words or less why you believe you are eligible for and should receive a fee waiver.  Priority are given to students from communities that may be systemically minoritized in engineering, experiencing financial hardship, qualified for federal financial aid, are first in their family to pursue an advanced degree, or are from environments with limited access to Research I university programs. 
  4. Please list any research, honors, and diversity-related programs in which you have participated.

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School of Medicine - Biosciences PhD Programs Fee Waiver

Graduate Admissions Deadlines
School WebsiteStanford Biosciences
Dr. Miranda Stratton, mirandas@stanford.edu

Fee Waiver Description

Applicants who are part of a group that the NIH considers to be in need of a special recruitment and retention plan in order to diversify the biomedical sciences workforce (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-031.html) are invited to apply, as well as any additional applicants for whom the application fee would be a substantial burden to applying, including international students.

  • You should only request a School-based waiver if you do not qualify for the GRE or Diversity Program Participation fee waivers. 
  • All fee waiver applications must be completed by Monday, Nov. 25th, 11:59pm PST.  We will do our best to review and respond to your application within 10 business days of receiving it.
  • As we are paying for each request that we receive, please only sign up if you are sure you will be applying this application season.
  • Please note that a limited number of application fee waivers are available and applications will be reviewed on a first-come basis.
  • Acceptance or denial of your application for a fee waiver does not affect your likelihood of admission into a graduate program. 
  • If the application fee waiver is approved then the applicant will be sent a code to enter in the payment section of the online application.
  • No refund will be given if you apply for a fee waiver and pay the application fee instead of using your application fee waiver code.  If we deny your request for a waiver, we will instruct you to pay the fee.

Waiver Application Essay Questions:

  1. In 250-500 words, please describe your research experiences. Include your most significant research project, the name, and location of your laboratory supervisor or mentor.
  2. Stanford University regards the diversity of its graduate student body as an important factor in serving the educational mission of the university. In 1-3 paragraphs, Please describe how your interests and background (in terms of culture, race or ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, work and life experiences) would contribute to the diversity (broadly defined) of students pursuing PhDs in the Biosciences at Stanford. You may discuss any unique, personally important, and/or challenging factors in your background, special interests or service.

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School of Humanities and Sciences

Graduate Admissions Deadlines
School Website: School of Humanities and Sciences
Dr. Joseph Brown, jlbrown@stanford.edu

Fee Waiver Description

The Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences is committed to increasing the diversity of doctoral programs in the Humanities & Arts, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. Preference is given to low-income, first generation and underrepresented minority students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Fee  Waivers are only available for students applying to doctoral programs (Master's applicants are not eligible).

  • You should only request a School-based waiver if you do not qualify for the GRE or Diversity Program Participation fee waivers.
  • All fee waiver applications must be completed 10 business days prior to your department deadline. We will do our best to review and respond to your application within two weeks of receiving it.
  • As we are paying for each request that we receive, please only sign up if you are sure you will be applying this application season.
  • Please note that a limited number of application fee waivers are available and applications will be reviewed on a first-come basis.
  • Acceptance or denial of your application for a fee waiver does not affect your likelihood of admission into a graduate program. 
  • If the application fee waiver is approved then the applicant will be sent a code to enter in the payment section of the online application.
  • No refund will be given if you apply for a fee waiver and pay the application fee instead of using your application fee waiver code.  If we deny your request for a waiver, we will instruct you to pay the fee.

Waiver Application Essay Questions:

  1. In 250-500 words, please describe your research experiences.
  2. In 1-3 paragraphs, please describe how your research interests and background (in terms of race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity, socioeconomic status, citizenship or immigration status, sexual orientation, disability/ability, veteran status, work, and life experiences) would contribute to the diversity (broadly defined) of students pursuing a PhD in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford.
  3. Please list any research, honors, and diversity related programs in which you have participated.

Please attach your academic resume/CV.

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