The $70 application fee is nonrefundable and must be submitted each time you apply for admission. It cannot be transferred to another quarter, to another campus of the UW, or to another student.
For students with confirmed financial hardship, the University of Washington provides a waiver of the $70 application fee. The Office of Admissions approves fee waivers for about 2,500 students every year.
Receiving a fee waiver will have no bearing whatsoever on the review of your application for admission, and the information you provide will not be released to anyone for any purpose.
Conditions for Granting a Fee Waiver
Generally, UW Admissions waives the application fee under two conditions:
- One, you are a U.S. applicant (citizen, permanent resident or refugee). HB 1079 students: you, too, are eligible as long as you submit the U.S. freshman application.
Two, your family income is less than 65% of the median annual income for the size of your family.
Examples for 2015: For a family of four, that threshold is $54,500 or less. For a family of seven, it's $73,500 or less. The income formula, which changes every year, is based on your family size.
How to Request a Fee Waiver
The fee waiver request is embedded in the online application. No additional forms or documents are required.
Dependent or Independent?
The application for admission asks about your family size and annual income. In answering, you must decide whether to answer as a Dependent or Independent student.
- Almost all students under the age of 24 are Dependent, even if they are emancipated. Enter the information about family size and income under the Dependent section.
- If you are 24 years old or older, enter the information under Independent.
After You've Applied for Admission
Phase 1: Waiver Reviewed
There are two possible outcomes.
- UW Admissions approves the waiver. You will receive an email stating that your application is being processed. The email doesn't specifically mention the fee waiver. But if you receive that email, you know that your fee waiver request was successful.
- Your request is not approved, and you will receive an email stating that fact.
Phase 2: Pay or Petition
If your request is not approved, you have two options.
- Pay the application fee.
- Petition, if you think the UW's decision was a mistake. We approve 50-60% of the roughly 200 petitions we receive in a year.
- Please include all relevant details that will help Admissions make the best informed decision. One-sentence responses are not generally approved.
- We can’t promise how fast we'll review these petitions, but generally, it happens within one business day.
- If your fee waiver petition is denied after the application deadline, it will be too late for you to return to the application to provide another form of payment. To avoid this situation, submit your petition at least five business days before the application deadline.
Phase 3: Petition Reviewed
If you petition, there are two possible outcomes:
- Your petition is approved. You will receive an email, stating that the UW has received your application. There is no mention of the fee waiver in this email, either. But if you receive this email and you haven’t paid the application fee, you know your waiver went through.
- Your petition is not approved. You will receive an email stating that fact. And from there, you have to pay the fee for your application to be processed.
If you have questions about the fee waiver process or wish to speak to a staff member, please contact the Office of Admissions.