McNair, Vietnam Education Foundation, and Project 1000 Fee Waivers & American Indian Residency
The University of Utah’s Yuput in partnership with the Office of Admissions will waive the graduate admissions application fee for students that qualify. Below is a list of those students that may qualify for a fee waiver.
Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program: is a U.S. Department of Education TRIO program at approximately 200 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico. The program is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair Scholars qualify for a graduate admissions application fee waiver by completing the online “ApplyYourself” admission application and identifying that you are a McNair scholar in the “Additional Information” section. Please upload a McNair verification form signed by your McNair Program Director. Once the form is uploaded and verified by the Graduate Admissions staff, your application fee will be waived. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at .
Vietnam Education Foundation: is a program that provides opportunities for Vietnamese Fellows to pursue graduate studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields in the United States. Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) Fellows qualify for a graduate admissions application fee waiver by completing the online “ApplyYourself” admission application and identifying that you are a VEF Fellow in the “Additional Information” section. You will need to verify that you are a Vietnam Education Foundation Fellow by uploading your VEF letter verifying your fellowship status. Once the form is uploaded and verified by the Graduate Admissions staff, your application fee will be waived. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at or the International Student & Scholars Services at .
Project 1000: is a national program created to assist underrepresented students applying to graduate school in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM). Please work with your Project 1000 representative to complete your graduate application. Project 1000 staff will send completed applications to the Assistant Dean for Diversity for university processing.
Graduate Preparation Institute: is a four-week summer research program for college juniors and seniors from historically underrepresented communities from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM) majors hosted by the Yuput Diversity Office at the University of Utah. The Graduate Preparation Institute alumni are encouraged to contact the Assistant Dean of Diversity as you start the online “ApplyYourself” graduate admissions application for university processing.
American Indian Residency for Tuition Purposes
R512, Determination of Resident Status
The Utah System of Higher Education has identified persons who are eligible for “resident” status for tuition purposes. American Indian, Military Service members, Military veterans, Spouses of Utah residents, and those persons in Olympic training programs are examples of those that may qualify. To review the complete policy, please click on the hyperlink above. Continue reading below for the policy regarding American Indian residency for tuition purposes.
R512-1. Purpose: To define “resident” student for purposes of tuition in the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).
R512.7 “Membership of an American Indian Tribe” Exception to Establishing Resident Student Status.
7.1. Any American Indian who is enrolled on the tribal rolls of a tribe whose reservation or trust lands lie partly or wholly within Utah or whose border is at any point contiguous with the border of Utah is entitled to be granted resident student status.
7.2. Any American Indian who is a member of a federally recognized or known Utah tribe and has graduated from a Utah high school is entitled to be granted resident student status.
7.3. A list of recognized tribes will be maintained by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and distributed to all campus residency officers.
According to the University of Utah Office of Admissions, American Indian students applying for Utah resident status for tuition purposes must provide a copy of their Tribal Nation’s citizenship (e.g. certificate of blood). If the student is a citizen of a Federally Recognized Tribe (other than the nine listed below) and attended a Utah high school, a copy of the Utah high school diploma is also needed to qualify. Students from Tribal Nations that are eligible for this policy include:
- Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation
- Navajo Nation (Diné)
- Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation of Utah (Washakie)
- Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar City Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of Paiutes, Koosharem Band of Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of Paiutes, and Shivwits Band of Paiutes)
- Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah
- Ute Indian Tribe of Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation
If you are classified as a Nonresident but feel you should qualify for resident status, you may submit a “Certification for Resident Exception for Tuition Purposes” with the appropriate supporting documents to the Office of Admissions at . Please apply by the appropriate term deadline: Summer deadline is April 1, Fall deadline is July 1, and Spring deadline is November 1. For residency questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at 801-581-8761, then select option 5 for the residency staff or email [email protected].