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Application Fee Waiver Information

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How to Apply for a Graduate Application Fee Waiver

We now offer two ways in which you can request an application fee waiver for our program.

Option 1: You are eligible for a Virginia Tech Graduate School application fee waiver if you meet one of the following criteria.

  1. You are/were a McNair Scholar at your undergraduate institution.
  2. You participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates program at Virginia Tech.
  3. You participated in a MAOP (Minority Academic Opportunities Program) summer program at Virginia Tech.
  4. You participated in VT PREP (Post-Baccalaureate Research and Education Program in the Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences).
  5. You participated in VT IMSD (Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity Program -  A PhD Fellowship Program in the Biomedical & Behavior Sciences).
  6. You are a VEF (Vietnam Education Foundation) Fellow.
  7. You are a GEM Consortium Scholar.
  8. You participated in VT AMP or LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation)
  9. Virginia State University/Virginia Tech UG/G 4+1 
  10. You are returning from a Peace Corps assignment.
  11. You are active duty or veteran status.

The Virginia Tech Graduate School offers an application fee waiver for applicants who qualify.  To request a fee waiver from the VT Graduate School, you must fill out the Application Fee Waiver Request Form. For questions or help with this fee waiver request, please email or call 540-231-6691.

Option 2:   You are eligible for a Virginia Tech - Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering application fee waiver if you meet ALL of the following criteria (limited number available).

  1. You are one of following racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research: Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.
  2. You are a U.S. Citizen.
  3. Have a GPA of 3.5 or above.
  4. Have a GRE score of 310 or higher (V+Q) and analytical score of 4.0 or higher. (GRE is waived for 2021 admissions only).
  5.  Anticipate completing a B.S. or M.S. degree in an engineering field by May.

Email Amanda Covey at or call at 540-231-8789 if you have any questions.