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Severe Economic Hardship

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  1. Must be in F-1 / J-1 status.
  2. Must have been in your current program one academic year.
  3. Must be facing a severe economic hardship that is a result of a changed financial situation.
  4. Must be in good academic standing (including a minimum 2.0 GPA for undergraduates, 3.0 GPA for graduates).
  5. Must be currently enrolled and registered for classes, 10 units minimum.



  1. Download the Financial Hardship Checklist and complete items 1-4.
  2. Make sure to have the respective departments sign off on section 2.
  3. Make an appointment to see a Student Adviser to discuss Non-Resident Fee Waiver.
  4. Turn in the following items:
    1. Proof of Economic Hardship
    2. At least one faculty recommendation letter
    3. PAWS Report/ Academic Roadmap
    4. brief written statement addressing (one page):
      1. Your circumstances
      2. Steps taken to alleviate the hardship
      3. How future tuition will be covered if need is more than three quarters
      4. How many quarters you have left.
    5. Estimated Incomes-Expenses Chart


                5 weeks before the beginning of the next quarter
Please Note
Only a limited number of non-resident tuition fee waivers may be granted by the campus and only under the following conditions:
In accordance with Executive Order 1082 and the coded Memo AA2-2015-17, students applying for non-resident tuition waiver must submit the following documents:
Eligible matriculated non-resident undergraduate degree-seeking international students
(1) must provide evidence of:
    (a) a demonstrable financial need and
    (b) exceptional scholastic ability and prior scholastic achievement; and
(2) must enroll in at least 10 quarter or semester units each term.