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 their affiliation with partnership programs.

There are two categories for application fee waiver requests. For applicants who are currently volunteering with Peace Corps or AmeriCorps, you may request a waiver as a current volunteer through the Rackham Graduate School here.

Alumni of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) program, as well as McNair Scholars, are also eligible for a waiver of their application fee through Rackham. Please use this link to access information about fee waivers available through Rackham.

The Ford School offers application fee waivers to the following service members and alumni:

  • Teach for America (2 years of service, current and former volunteers)
  • Former Peace Corps volunteers (2 years of service, at least 3 months removed from service)
  • Former AmeriCorps volunteers (1 year of service, at least 3 months removed from service)
  • Active U.S. Military
  • U.S. Military Veterans
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellowship
  • Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
  • Rangel Scholars
  • Truman Scholars
  • USAID Payne Fellowship
  • Lead for America

Request a fee waiver from the Ford School:
To request these fee waivers, complete the Ford School’s volunteer service form below. After requests are submitted, applicants will receive an email from fspp-admissions@umich.edu 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.