Fee Waiver for Qualified Applicants

Applicants who have participated in one or more of a list of programs designed to prepare students for graduate study can waive our application fee. See the List of Qualifying Programs below.


The process for waiving the fee is simple: on page 9 of our application for admission, simply check the program(s) you have participated in.  Once you have checked, the system will automatically waive your application fee. 

We receive confirmation of your participation from these organizations directly, and in order to process applications efficiently, we will confirm after your application is submitted.

List of Qualifying Programs

  • ABRCMS – Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
  • AISES – American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • American Political Science Association Minority Fellowship Program 
  • California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
  • Emory STEM Research and Career Symposium
  • ERN – Emerging Research Conference
  • Field of Dreams Conference
  • Fisk to Vanderbilt Bridge Program
  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • GEM – National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Sciences
  • Grace Hopper Celebration
  • Graduate Horizon for Native American Students
  • HACU – Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Hopps Research Scholars Program
  • IMSD – Initiative to Maximize Student Development
  • IRT – Institute for Recruitment of Teachers
  • Leadership Alliance
  • LSAMP – Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
  • LGS-SOAR – Laney Graduate School, Summer Opportunities for Academic Research
  • MARC – Minority Access to Research Careers
  • McNair Scholars
  • Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship
  • MMUF – Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • NCUR – National Council on Undergraduate Research
  • NIH Graduate Professional School Fair
  • NIH PrEP Programs
  • NNE – National Name Exchange
  • oSTEM – Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • The PhD Project
  • ORISE/ORNL – Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Project 1000
  • Ralph Bunche Summer Institute
  • RISE – Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement
  • SACNAS – Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science
  • SVA – Student Veterans of America
  • Tapia Conference
  • Thurgood Marshall / UNCF – United Negro College Fund
  • Yellow Ribbon