Graduate Information

PhD Applications for Fall 2023 are now closed.

It is no longer possible to submit a PhD application fee waiver request for Fall 2023.

PhD applications for Fall 2024 will open on September 1, 2023.

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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. To apply for a fee waiver for a PhD or MFA program offered by GRS, please review your eligibility and fill out the form below. Once the submitted information is reviewed and verified (which may take up to five business days), we will provide a fee waiver code via email.  All requests will be reviewed during regular office office hours (9am-5pm local time, Monday-Friday), except on holidays and during intersession.

Please note:

  • All requests must be received at least five business days prior to the application deadline.
  • Do not submit your application with a payment, as paid application fees cannot be refunded.
  • Non-degree applicants and those applying to programs not offered by GRS are ineligible for GRS application fee waivers.
  • If the application fee waiver request is for a GRS Master’s (MA or MS) program, please visit the Master’s Application Fee Waiver page instead.
  • If you are applying to a program at Boston University not offered by GRS, please reach out to the respective schools directly, for example:

Application Fee Waiver Eligibility

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