Application Fee Waiver

Generally, the Graduate School does not offer graduate application fee waivers.  However, there are three scenarios that qualified students can use for application fee waivers, the Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp program, and the McNair Fee Waiver and the participation in targeted events (SACNAS, ABRCMS, AISES, ERN, SROP, etc.).

Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp Program

The Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp program is designed to increase access to graduate education for students who possess qualities and experiences that enhance the diversity of the intellectual, cultural and social environments at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities.

Requests for Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp Request Form. We strongly recommend that applicants review the Eligibilty prior to filling out the form.

For more information, please contact:
Aida Montalvo
Michigan State University
The Graduate School
Chittenden Hall
466 W. Circle Dr. Rm 230
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
Phone: 517-353-3063

McNair Fee Waiver

McNair Scholars should fill out this form with their application ID number and department of interest,

Targeted Conferences and Events

Students that participated in targeted conferences and events (SACNAS, ABRCMS, AISES, ERN, SROP, etc.). Can submit for application fee waiver by filling out this form,

Questions about McNair and events waivers or to schedule a McNair Visit to campus, please contact Steven Thomas at or at 517-432-3268.