2019-2020 International Student Fee Waiver Program

International Programs and Global Engagement offers a limited number of international fee waivers for high achieving students.  International fee waivers are awarded in one unit increments, waiving the non-resident portion of the number of units awarded.  Please read the information below to learn more about the international student fee waiver application process.

 Applications must be submitted through the Scholarships Office:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Eligible?

Most F-1 visa international students who are enrolled in a Sacramento State degree program for the next academic term (fall or spring only) are eligible to apply. Government sponsored international students, exchange students, and non-degree students are not eligible to apply.

How many fee waivers are there and how are the fee waivers awarded?

The number of fee waivers varies each year. Fee waivers are awarded by a committee of Sac State faculty and staff on a competitive basis.

What is the amount of the fee waiver?

Fee waivers are awarded in one unit increments.  Each unit waived represents a reduction of $396 in non resident tuition.

What is the duration of the International Student Fee Waiver?

Fee waivers are granted to current international students for one academic year. 

How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted through the Scholarships Office. Click "Apply Now," create an account, and follow the prompts to apply for the "International Student Fee Waiver Program."

When must applications be submitted?

The deadline is May 10, 2019.  

What are the award criteria?

The committee will consider the following criteria when reviewing grant applications:

  • Current F-1 student enrolled full-time in a Sacramento State degree program;
  • Record of academic excellence (minimum GPA 3.3);
  • Documented history of participation in extra-curricular and community-related activities; and,
  • One-page Personal Statement.

Are the fee waivers renewable?

Fee waivers are awarded for a single academic year.  They are not automatically renewable to the next academic year.  Students must reapply each year.

If I am awarded a fee waiver, is it guaranteed for the spring semester?

No. Fee waiver recipients must maintain full time enrollment, good academic standing, and other eligibility criteria to retain the fee waiver for the spring semester. Dropping below a full time course load or otherwise failing to meet eligibility requirements may result in revokation of fee waivers.

How will I be notified if I have been selected for an award?

IPGE will notify awardees of their selection by email. Details concerning the amount of the grant award, as well as procedures for accepting or declining the award, will be included in the email message.

Can receipt of an award be postponed or deferred?

No. Students may not postpone or defer receipt of the award but can reapply during subsequent application cycles.