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UC Santa Cruz

UCSC opened in 1965 with 650 students. Fifty-two years later, the campus is home to nearly 17,577 undergraduates and 1,880 graduate students.

Graduate Application Fee Waiver

Fee Exemptions: Fee exemptions are available for applicants who participate in a qualifying program, listed below:

  • ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students)
  • CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation)
  • CBSE-RMI (Center for Biomedical Science and Engineering - Research Mentoring Institute)
  • CfAO-RIM (Center for Adaptive Optics - Research Internships on the Mainland)
  • CSU Pre-Doctoral Program
  • Diversity Forum (The California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education)
  • LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation)
  • Project 1000
  • MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers)
  • MBRS/IMSD (Minority Biomedical Research Support/Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity)
  • McNair Scholars Program
  • MIRT (Minority Biomedical Research Training Program)
  • Peace Corps
  • SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science)
  • STEPS Institute (Science, Technology, Engineering, Policy and Society)
  • SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship)
  • SURF-IT (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Information Technology)
  • UC LEADS (University of California Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees)

To apply for a Fee Exemption: Navigate to the Payment section of the application, choose "Fee Exemption" and click "Next Step." Complete the information on the following page and click "Save Answer."

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AB540 Graduate Applicants

Applicants who meet AB 540 requirements will initially be classified as non-resident, international applicants. Upon admission, they can choose to file the AB 540 tuition exemption form (pdf) with the Registrar's Office to be considered for the in-state exemption.

Applicants should answer the residency questions in the application accurately:

  • Are you a citizen of the United States? No
  • Are you a Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) of the United States of America? No
  • In what country do you hold citizenship? <select country>
  • Do you expect to be awarded Permanent Resident status in the United States prior to September 24? No
  • Do you currently hold a US visa? No

Financial Support for AB 540 Students

Fellowships available to AB 540 graduate students includes any support offered through state funding. For example:

Regent's Fellowships, as determined by graduate departments; Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowships, as awarded by Graduate Division; Chancellor's Fellowships, as awarded by Graduate Division; Dissertation Year Fellowships, as awarded by Graduate Division.

AB 540 applicants are also encouraged to contact Ana Navarrete in The AB 540 Student Services Program for information about scholarship opportunities. The Financial Aid office can assist AB 540 students with questions about loans.

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