Application fee waivers
The application fee for U.S. citizens and permanent residents is $75, and the fee for international students is $90. Some students may qualify for an application fee waiver, based on financial need or volunteer service. These applications are submitted to the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School, or to the Ford School, based on the criteria below.
RACKHAM FEE WAIVERS
The Rackham Graduate School offers fee waivers to graduate students with financial need, Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) alumni, and current AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and Vista volunteers. To receive your Rackham fee waiver approval in a timely manner, please follow Rackham's Instructions for:
- Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fee Waivers
- Current AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and Vista Volunteer Fee Waivers
- Need-Based Fee Waivers (Adobe PDF)
FORD SCHOOL FEE WAIVERS
Through partnership funding the Ford school is able to provide support to a number of incoming public policy students. In addition to financial assistance, the Ford School also offers application fee waivers.
- Teach for America
- Peace Corps (at least three months removed from their service)
- AmeriCorps (at least three months removed from their service)
- Active U.S. Military
- U.S. Military Veterans
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellowship
- Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
- Rangel Scholar
- Truman Scholar
- USAID Payne Fellowship
To request these fee waivers, complete the Ford School’s volunteer service form below. After requests are submitted, applicants receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org asking for a Letter of Verification from their organization (Letters of Verification must include dates of service). Upon receipt of the Letter of Verification and subsequent approval of the request for fee waiver, applicants will receive their fee waiver code via email with additional instructions.