The final requirement for submission of most graduate applications is submission of the application fees. These generally range from $40-$125 per institution. Usually, Applications are not considered complete until this fee has been paid, and financing the cost of application should be a consideration early in the application process.
In some cases, it is possible to request an application fee waiver. Application fee waivers may be granted based on financial need or participation in certain organizations. Financial need is often determined by a specific scale of income or history of financial assistance, and may need to be verified with official financial documents. Participation in organizations that correlate to fee waivers may also need to be verified by coordinators or supervisors of the organization. These requirements can be confirmed with each university’s application policy.
If applying for an application fee waiver from CSDCAS, note that if approved for the waiver, your completed CSDCAS application is required to be submitted within 14 days of being approved. If you fail to submit in this time, the waiver is void and given to another applicant. See more about the CSDCAS waiver policy here: https://portal.csdcas.org/csdcasHelpPages/instructions-and-faq/school-information/csdcas-fee-waivers/.
Total Costs of Application
The graduate application process is a financial investment. Beyond initial application fees, you must consider fees to send transcripts, registration fees to take the GRE®, fees to request additional GRE® score reports, fees associated with secondary applications, and travel costs for any on-campus interviews/visits you choose to attend. Previous applicants have found that this entire process may cost hundreds of dollars depending on the number of institutions that you choose to apply to. Paying for these fees may be aided with waivers provided by the institutions, and the opportunity to interview through telecommunication. It is suggested that you budget the financial costs early in the application process.