Ohio State works with a variety of programs that provide fee waivers to applicants, and also manages several of its own programs. You can check your eligibility by selecting from the waiver programs in the drop-down below.
To request a waiver
Check the box in the Application Fee Waiver section of your admissions application (Ohio State's regular or supplemental application) indicating the program for which you qualify.
Complete and submit your admission application. You will not be asked to pay the application fee.
Most waiver programs require additional actions. Select your waiver program from the drop-down below and follow the instructions.
If your waiver request is denied, you will be asked to return to your admission application and pay the application fee. Processing times vary. For most programs, you will receive an email response regarding the outcome of your request within three to five business days.
Fee waiver programs
Alumni online program applicants
The Ohio State University Alumni Association and the Office of Distance Education have established a benefit for Ohio State alumni. Those who apply to an online degree or certificate program are eligible for an application fee waiver.
Follow the directions at the top of this page. No further action is required.
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
ABRCMS attendees may receive a code to waive the application fee for graduate study.
Follow the directions at the top of this page. When you check the box in the application, you'll be asked to enter your ABRCMS fee waiver code.
Big Ten Academic Alliance
The Big Ten Academic Alliance is a consortium of the Big Ten member universities plus the University of Chicago. The FreeApp program is designed to increase access to graduate education for students who bring qualities and experience that will enhance the diversity of graduate students at member universities.
To be eligible to submit a FreeApp waiver request form, you must meet all of the following criteria.
Have completed a bachelor's degree by the August preceding enrollment in the graduate program
Apply for admission to a graduate program
Be a citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.
Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale)
Intend to pursue an academic and/or research career
On the "Final Steps/Submit" tab of the application, under the Application Fee Waiver section, click the box that reads, "I am a current or former Ohio State undergraduate student." No further action is required.
Economic Disadvantage Fee Waiver
Applicants who have limited financial resources and qualify for federal financial aid may be eligible for an application fee waiver from Ohio State. (International students are not eligible but are encouraged to research EducationUSA Opportunity Funds, which, if awarded, can be used to pay the application fee.)
A copy of your approved AMCAS, DAT, LSAT, OAT, PCAT or GRE fee waiver (for tests taken within 12 months of the application date.)
A copy of a letter on official letterhead from an agency official verifying that you or your family have qualified for public assistance based on low income criteria for the current 12 month period.
A copy of your financial aid award letter for the current year from another / previous institution or a copy of your federal Student Aid Report (SAR) that verifies you qualified for financial aid within the current 12 month period based on a family contribution* of:
Not more than $1,500 if the student is a dependent student
Not more than $1,900 if the student is an independent student
*Family contribution equals the combined contribution of yourself and your parent(s) or spouse.
Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science
SACNAS attendees may receive a code to waive the application fee for graduate study.
Follow the directions at the top of this page. When you check the box in the application, you'll be asked to enter your SACNAS fee waiver code.
Summer Research Opportunity
If you have participated in a Summer Research Opportunities Program sponsored by the Big Ten Academic Alliance (formerly CIC), such as Ohio State's SROP program, you are eligible for an application fee waiver from Ohio State.
Once your request is received, the Graduate School will contact you to verify your eligibility for this fee waiver. The Graduate School may be contacted at email@example.com.
Fine print: Please read!
Take the required actions for your fee waiver request well in advance of your program's application deadline to allow for processing. If there are fewer than 10 business days left, we recommend you do not request a fee waiver. Here's why: If your waiver is denied and your program's deadline has passed, the application will be closed and you will not be able to apply for admission.
We will not review your admission application until your waiver is approved or the application fee is paid.
All waiver requests will be verified.
Only one fee waiver is permitted per academic year.
The application fee is NONREFUNDABLE. If you pay the application fee, we can no longer honor your fee waiver request.