Application Fee Waiver

Applicants who are U.S. citizens or U.S. Registered Permanent Residents may be eligible for a waiver of the $125 application fee.

Eligible applicants must also meet one of the following:

  • GRE Fee Reduction Certificate Recipients (for the current academic year): Recipients are required to provide a scanned copy of the completed GRE Fee Reduction Certificate imprinted with an official school stamp or seal signed by the appropriate school official. Information on the GRE Fee Reduction Program can be obtained from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
  • McNair Scholars (current or former): McNair Scholars are required to provide verification of their McNair Scholar status from the McNair Scholar’s Program Director at their institution.

  • PhD Project Conference Participants (accepted to attend the current or previous year’s conference): Accepted conference participants are required to provide verification of their approved conference acceptance from the PhD Project.

There are no other exceptions for offering application fee waivers. The application fee is not waived for international students.

Requesting an Application Fee Waiver

Important: All requests for fee waivers should be sent via email to the GSB PhD Program ( at least 15 business days prior to the application deadline.

If you apply for a fee waiver, please do not pay the application fee until you find out if your request for a waiver is granted or not. If we deny your request for a waiver, we will instruct you to pay the fee. If your application fee waiver is approved, you will be given further instructions on how to proceed with your application.