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 volunteer service. These applications are submitted to the Ford School, based on the criteria below.

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

  • Teach for America
  • Peace Corps
  • AmeriCorps
  • Active U.S. Military
  • U.S. Military Veterans
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellowship
  • Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
  • Rangel Scholar
  • Truman Scholar
  • USAID Payne Fellowship
  • Lead for America
  • PPIA 

Request a fee waiver:

To request these fee waivers, complete the Ford School’s volunteer service form below. After requests are submitted, applicants 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.

Current Peace Corps and AmeriCorps volunteers should complete the Rackham fee waiver request, which can be found on the Rackham website. PPIA alumni should also apply for a fee waiver through Rackham.