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Our department, school, and university provide financial assistance. We also provide links to resources outside the university.

Application Fee Waivers

The University of Washington, the UW Graduate School, the UW Department of Health Systems and Population Health, and SOPHAS offer fee waivers. Details and eligibility information are outlined below.

UW Undergrad Fee Waiver

The University of Washington offers fee waivers for freshman and transfer students. Learn more on the UW Office of Admissions website.

UW Graduate School Fee Waiver: Domestic and International Students

A non-refundable fee is required for each application to the University of Washington School of Public Health. Applicants submit payment(s) online via the UW Graduate School admissions application.

Eligible applicants must request a fee waiver BEFORE submitting their application (at least seven days before the application deadline). If a fee waiver is granted, the program will pay the fee. Students should NOT pay the non-refundable fee until they hear back from the program.

Applicants should check individual program admissions criteria to confirm they are eligible to apply for the program.

UW Department Health Services and Population Health (HSPop) Fee Waiver

If applicants do NOT qualify for the UW Graduate School Fee Waiver, they may be eligible for a waiver from HSPop.

Applicants for the following programs are potentially eligible:

  • HSPop MPH
  • HSPop MS
  • COPHP MPH
  • Online MPH (NOT including the graduate certificate in public health practice)

Applicants from the above programs are eligible for a fee waiver with documented registration or participation in one of the following programs:

  • ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students)
  • AmeriCorps
  • California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • NNE (National Name Exchange)
  • NIH BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity)
  • NIH Graduate Professional School Fair
  • Peace Corps
  • RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement)
  • SACNAS (Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science)
  • Online MPH Info Session: Online MPH applicants only; please note session date attendance when submitting the form.
  • Veterans
    • Active or reserve member of the United States military or naval forces
    • National guard member called to active duty who served in active federal service, under either the Title 10 or Title 32 of the U.S. code, in a war or conflict fought on foreign soil or in international waters, or in another location in support of those serving on foreign soil or in international waters
    • Received an honorable discharge.
Application Form

UW Master in Health Administration Fee Waiver

If applicants do NOT qualify for the UW Graduate School Fee Waiver, they may be eligible for a waiver from the UW Master in Health Administration programs.

Applicants for the following programs are potentially eligible:

  • Master in Health Administration (MHA)
  • Executive Master in Health Administration (EMHA)

Applicants from the above programs are eligible for a fee waiver with documented registration or participation in one of the following programs:

  • AmeriCorps
  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Peace Corps
  • SACNAS (Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science)
  • Veterans:
    • Active or reserve member of the United States military or naval forces;
    • National guard member called to active duty who served in active federal service, under either the Title 10 or Title 32 of the U.S. code, in a war or conflict fought on foreign soil or in international waters, or in another location in support of those serving on foreign soil or in international waters; or
    • Received an honorable discharge.
Application Form

UW Master in Health Informatics and Health Information Management Fee Waiver

If applicants do NOT qualify for the UW Graduate School Fee Waiver, they may be eligible for a waiver from the Master in Health Informatics and Health Information Management program.

Applicants for the following program are potentially eligible:

  • Master in Health Informatics and Health Information Management

Applicants from the above program are eligible for a fee waiver with documented registration or participation in one of the following programs:

  • AmeriCorps
  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Peace Corps
  • SACNAS (Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science)
  • Veterans:
    • Active or reserve member of the United States military or naval forces;
    • National guard member called to active duty who served in active federal service, under either the Title 10 or Title 32 of the U.S. code, in a war or conflict fought on foreign soil or in international waters, or in another location in support of those serving on foreign soil or in international waters; or
    • Received an honorable discharge.
Application Form

SOPHAS Fee Waiver

SOPHAS charges a fee for the first program application and a separate fee for each additional program. Beginning at the start of the application cycle, a limited number of fee waivers are provided to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn More

The SOPHAS application system is used in conjunction with the UW Graduate School application for some of our master’s programs, but not all. Details on applying to specific programs can be found on individual program websites.

HSPop Programs

International Applicants and Students

We welcome applications from international applicants. International students must have a U.S. visa status that allows for academic study at the University of Washington. International students who require F-1 or J-1 visa status are not eligible to apply for part-time programs or study.

Applicants whose native language is not English may need to share proof of English language proficiency. If applicants are required to provide test scores as proof of English language proficiency, they will enter their test scores in the online application with the UW Graduate School or SOPHAS. Official test scores may need to be submitted to UW at a future date.

Specific application steps are provided on the admissions pages for individual HSPop programs.

International Applicants: Health Insurance

International students are required by federal and state laws to maintain health insurance while studying in the United States. Learn more about the International Student Health Insurance Program (ISHIP).

Learn More: ISHIP

International Applicants: Financial Aid and Support

Regrettably, we cannot guarantee financial support for international students. We sometimes have research assistant positions available, which are open to international students. These positions, however, are unpredictable and rarely can be arranged until the student is enrolled. Pre-doctoral fellowships are federally funded and therefore open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Undocumented Applicants and Students

We welcome applications from people who are undocumented in the United States. The UW Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) offers application guidance and resources. Once admitted to a program, the University of Washington Leadership Without Boarders provides support to undocumented students.

Applicants whose native language is not English may need to share proof of English language proficiency. If applicants are required to provide test scores as proof of English language proficiency, they will enter their test scores in the online application with the UW Graduate School or SOPHAS. Official test scores may need to be submitted to UW at a later date.

Specific application steps are provided on the admissions pages for HSPop individual programs.