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Transfer application fee

U.S. transfer students

The $80 U.S. transfer 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. Unless you receive a fee waiver, the application fee must be paid at the time you submit the application and cannot be submitted separately.

Fee waivers

The UW provides a waiver of the application fee for U.S. applicants (citizen, permanent resident or refugee) with confirmed financial hardship. 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.

Fee waivers are not granted to international applicants. International applications received without the application fee at the time of submission will be considered incomplete and will not be processed.

Conditions for granting a fee waiver

Generally, the UW Office of Admissions waives the application fee under two conditions:

  • One, you are a U.S. applicant (citizen, permanent resident or refugee).
  • Two, your family income is less than 65% of the median annual income for the size of your family. Find your family’s situation.

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 the independent section.

The fee waiver process

Waiver request reviewed

Your fee waiver request will be reviewed with two possible outcomes:

  1. UW Admissions approves the waiver. You will receive an email stating that your application is being processed. The email does not specifically mention the fee waiver. However, if you receive that email, you know that your fee waiver request was successful.
  2. Your fee waiver request is not approved, and you will receive an email stating that fact.

Pay or petition

If your request is not approved, you have two options:

  1. Pay the application fee by returning to your application and providing a method of payment.
  2. Petition, if you think the UW’s decision was a mistake. We approve 50-60% of the petitions we receive in a year.
    • Please include all relevant details that will help Admissions make the best informed decision. One-sentence responses are generally not approved.
    • We cannot promise how fast we will review your petition, 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.

Petition review

If you petition the denial of your fee waiver, there are two possible outcomes:

  1. Your petition is approved. You will receive an email stating that the UW has received your application. The email does not specifically mention the petition approval. However, if you receive that email, you know that your petition was successful.
  2. Your petition is not approved. You will receive an email stating that fact, and you will have to return to your application to provide a method of payment for your application to be processed.

Further Guidance

If you have questions about the fee waiver process or wish to speak to a staff member, please contact the Office of Admission.

International transfer students

The $90 international transfer 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. Unless you receive a fee waiver, the application fee must be paid at the time you submit the application and cannot be submitted separately.

Applying online

You may pay by credit card, debit card or an electronic check from a U.S. checking account. The application fee must be paid at the time you submit the online application and cannot be submitted separately. The online application cannot be processed or reviewed by the Office of Admissions unless the application fee has been paid online and submitted with the online application.

Applying with a paper application

You must mail a check, bank draft or money order payable through a U.S. bank and addressed to “University of Washington.” You may use any major foreign bank that has a U.S. branch or affiliate. Ensure the applicant’s name appears on the check or money order the same way it is written on the application. Do not send cash.

Applications received without the application fee at the time of submission will be considered incomplete and cannot be processed.