Graduate Information

The Graduate School no longer accepts PhD/MFA application fee waiver requests for fall 2024.  Application fee waivers for fall 2025 will be available after September 1, 2024.

In an effort to reduce financial barriers to attending graduate school, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS) offers application fee waivers to qualifying GRS applicants.

Please note:

  • To apply for an application fee waiver, you must first review your eligibility.
  • Do not email the Graduate School’s admissions office; instead, you must follow the instructions.
  • If you are a Master’s applicant, you must visit the Master’s Application Fee Waiver page.
  • The Graduate School’s central admission office does not offer application fee waivers for international applicants.  All international applicants must contact the department directly (see “Departmental Recommendation” below).
  • All requests must be received at least five business days prior to the application deadline. Late requests will be denied.
  • GRS fee waivers can only be used for the current admissions cycle as they expire.  If you were given an application fee waiver during a previous admissions cycle, you must reapply for a waiver.
  • GRS fee waivers cannot be used at other schools, and fee waivers from other schools cannot be used at GRS.  Please check the URL of your application.  It must be https://bu-grs.liaisoncas.com.
  • Non-degree applicants and those applying to programs not offered by GRS are not eligible for GRS application fee waivers.
  • Application fees cannot be refunded. If you are given a fee waiver, do not submit your application with a payment.
  • There are many similar sounding programs (ex: Biology, Neurobiology, and Biomedical Engineering are each offered by a different graduate school).  If you are applying to a program that is not offered by Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, please reach out to the respective schools directly, for example:

Consult Boston University’s Graduate Education website additional school contact info.  For Admissions, click here.  For Financial Aid, click here.

 


International Applicants

The Graduate School’s central admission office does not offer application fee waivers to international applicants.  We do not provide application fee waivers to international applicants based on unfavorable currency exchange rates, low income, unemployment or under-employment, financial hardship, economic or political challenges in their home country, or any other extenuating circumstances.  All international applicants must contact the department directly to inquire about the possibility of the department waiving the fee (see “Departmental Recommendation” below). Do not email the Graduate School’s admissions office, financial aid office, or individual staff. Do not submit the form found at the bottom of this page and select an incorrect answer on purpose.

 


Departmental Recommendation

Applicants who do not meet any of the criteria listed on this page must email the department directly to inquire about a departmental application fee waiver. Do not email the Graduate School’s admissions office.  Do not submit the Application Fee Waiver Request Form that can be found at the bottom of this page.

When contacting your respective program you must include your full name, application ID, CV/resume, personal statement, research summary, and copies of your transcripts in your email. If the department determines that you qualify for a fee waiver based on their criteria, the department will email you a fee waiver code.  Please note that not all programs offer application fee waivers.

 


U.S Citizens & U.S. Permanent Residents

If you are a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident (“Green Card” holder) you may request an application fee waiver based on one of the following criteria: