SCS Graduate Application Fee Waiver

The School of Computer Science offers graduate application fee waivers for reasons related to financial hardship and to participants of certain programs. Below you will find instructions on how to apply for an application fee waiver.

SCS Graduate Application Fee Waiver Deadline

We will accept SCS graduate application fee waiver requests starting on September 7, 2021. The final deadline to submit an SCS graduate application fee waiver request is December 7, 2021, at 12 p.m. EST. 

Waivers Related to Financial Hardship

  • If the application fee presents financial hardship to the applicant, we will consider a fee waiver request.
    • If you are living in the U.S. and feel that you are financially unable to pay, obtain a letter from your Financial Aid Office explaining your inability to pay and their support of a waiver. Upon receipt of this letter, your fee will be waived.
    • If you are either living outside of the U.S., not a current student or are unable to obtain a financial aid letter, include a brief description of your financial need and any documentation that supports your request (such as a tax return form, W2, etc.).
  • Application fee waiver requests must be emailed to 
    • In your request, you must also include the degree program to which you plan to apply.
    • We will confirm your need, and provide a voucher code that can be used to waive the application fees for up to two programs.
    • Allow up to 3-5 business days for your request to be processed.

Waivers for Participants of Programs

  • For qualified participants of certain events, organizations and programs (see list below), an applicant may apply for a waiver during the application process.
  • On the payment screen, you will be presented with the same list that appears below.
  • If you have participated in any of them, indicate this and provide evidence of that participation by uploading the appropriate document (receipt for registration, membership card, certificates of participation, etc.).
  • Application fees will be waived for up to two of our programs.   
ProgramShort Name
ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing 
American Association for the Advancement of ScienceAAAS
American Indian Science and Engineering SocietyAISES
American Society of Civil EngineersASCE
American Society of Mechanical EngineersASME
Association for the Advancement of Artificial IntelligenceAAAI
Association for Computing Machinery's Council on Women in Computing ACM-W
Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer-Human InteractionACM-SIGCHI
Black in AIBAI
CMU alums who graduated with one or more degrees at any level (undergrad, master's or Ph.D.) in any department/college at CMU. CMU Alum
CMU students currently enrolled in a degree-granting program at any level (undergrad, master's or Ph.D.) in any department/college at CMU.CMU Student
Engineers Without BordersEWB
Grace Hopper Celebration 
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society IEEE Computer Society
International Society for Computational BiologyISCB
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars Program 
LatinX in AILXAI
Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program 
Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority ParticipationLSAMP
Masakhane NLP 
Mathematical Association of AmericaMAA
National Society of Black EngineersNSBE
Out for Undergrad O4U Tech

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

oSTEM Financial Aid and Application Review Programs

Queer in AI
Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing & Technology 2020 ConferenceRESPECT
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science SACNAS
Society of Asian Scientists and EngineersSASE
Society of Hispanic Professional EngineersSHPE
Society of Women EngineersSWE
The Sadie Collective 
Widening NLP 
Women in Cybersecurity ConferenceWiCyS
Women in Machine LearningWiML

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Application Deadline

December 9, 2021 (11:59 a.m. EST)

Contact Us

SCS graduate application fee waiver requests must be emailed to