Application Fee

Upon submission of an application, applicants will be prompted to pay the processing fee ($90 for all programs). The application processing fee must be paid online by credit card or bank account at the time the application is submitted and is non-refundable. Applicants meeting specific conditions (see below) may be granted a fee waiver, and the application will be processed while that request is reviewed.

Application Fee Waivers

All applicants meeting the following criteria and providing appropriate supporting documentation will be considered for a fee waiver automatically upon submission of their application:

  • Past/current participants with the Peace Corps, Teach for America, US military veterans and personnel, and alumni of a variety of academic preparatory and service programs, as detailed in the application instructions.
  • Applicants meeting eligibility requirements may also qualify through Big Ten Academic Alliance. BTAA FreeApp recipients must then follow emailed instructions from UChicagoGrad Admissions.
  • Alumni of a University of Chicago undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Applicants who have received a post-secondary degree from an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI).
  • Individuals who received an application fee waiver code from a University of Chicago representative or through attendance at a recruitment fair, webinar, or event. Please do not email or contact staff or faculty to request a code.

Applicants for whom the payment of the application fee would be a burden, or who are currently receiving need-based aid from their undergraduate institution, can request an application fee waiver. This form is found on the instructions page of the online application, as well as on the fee payment page. The waiver form requires a concise and complete reason for the request. Applicants requesting a fee waiver must still submit their application but should not pay the application fee until a decision is rendered on their waiver request (requests are usually processed within 3 business days).