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In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford reaffirms its commitment to perform individualized, holistic review of each applicant to its graduate and professional programs. We recognize that students may have faced significant challenges during the period of disruption caused by the pandemic, and we will take such individual circumstances into account during application review. Importantly, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/No Credit and other grading options during this unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruption, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students. Our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are excellent and encompass a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that enrich the graduate educational experience.


Admitted students: see our special instructions for submitting transcripts. We are aware of some school closings in areas impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, and that it may delay some courses of study as well as the reporting of official school documents. If you are impacted by this, please contact our office to request an extension: gradadmissions@stanford.edu. We will do our best to work with you and your department.


Winter Closure: The University observes Winter closure from Monday, December 14, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021. The Graduate Admissions office will not be monitoring email during this time.

Respond to an Offer of Financial Aid

Responses to the School of Engineering

To accept the offer of financial aid (such as graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship), follow the instructions sent to you by the department that extended the offer of aid. To request information on the department’s process for accepting the offer of aid, please contact the department. See this list of department contacts.

Responses to all Other Schools

If you received an offer of aid, your acceptance of the offer of admission will also be considered as your acceptance of the offer of aid unless you send separate notification to the department to advise them that you are declining the offer of aid.

All Responses

Acceptance of an offer of financial aid for the next academic year by an actual or prospective graduate student creates an agreement which both student and graduate school are expected to honor. In those instances in which the student accepts the offer before April 15 and subsequently desires to withdraw, the student may submit a resignation of the appointment in writing at any time through April 15. An acceptance of the offer given or left in force after April 15, however, commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional upon presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer. See Decisions on Awards for further information on this policy.