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Application Update

The 2016 application will be available September 15.

Application Fee and Payment

Application fee:

  • United States citizens and those with permanent resident visa status, $75
  • Non-U.S. citizens, $90
  • Current Rackham students, regardless of citizenship, $10

The application fee is due when you submit your application. The fee is non-refundable and subject to change.

Application Fee Waivers and Grants

  • Rackham is responsible only for application fee waivers and grants for Rackham graduate programs. To verify that your program is a Rackham program, check the Programs of Study.
  • One fee waiver or grant is allowed per applicant. Additional applications submitted by the applicant will require payment of the application fee.
  • If you pay the application fee and are approved to receive a fee waiver or grant at a later date, the fee cannot be refunded.

There are 4 types of fee waivers and grants:

1. Fee Waiver for Members of Specific Organizations

If you are a member of one of the following organizations you must provide an official verification document from the organization before you apply.

Proof of program participation is uploaded on the Additional Information on the application. Do not mail, fax, or e-mail the proof of eligibility to the Rackham Graduate School unless requested to do so.

These waivers are for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents only.

  • Committee on Institutional Cooperation – Summer Research Opportunity Programs (CIC)
  • Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS)
  • Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
  • Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Research and Education Program (PREP)
  • Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Institute (PPIA)
  • Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)
  • Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair)

2. Fee Waiver Provided by School or Organization

If you received an approved fee waiver code and instructions from one of the following schools or organizations listed below, you will be required to provide the fee waiver code in the Additional Information section of the application.

3. Rackham Need Based Fee Grant

To be eligible for a Rackham Need Based Fee Grant you must be:

  • A U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States (with a registration number).
  • An undergraduate College Senior receiving financial aid at an institution in the United States, Puerto Rico, or U.S. territory.
  • Classified as a dependent with a parental contribution of not more than $900.00 and no personal contribution during the senior year or classified as self-supporting with a personal contribution of not more than $1,200 during the senior year and received no parental funds.

Applying for the Rackham Need Based Fee Grant

  1. Apply at least 10 business days before you submit your application to avoid delays in receiving a response to your request.
  2. Complete the top section of the Rackham Need Based Fee Grant form.
  3. Send the form to your Undergraduate Financial Aid Office. Your Financial Aid Office completes the bottom section of the form and faxes the form to Rackham for review.
  4. A Rackham Need Based Fee Grant requires pre-approval from Rackham. Allow 8 business days for Rackham to review the official document and respond by e-mail with the final decision.
  5. If approved, you will receive a code to enter into the online application. The code is required to submit the application. If denied, payment by credit card is required to submit the online application.

4. Grant for Current Vista/Peace Corps or AmeriCorps Volunteer

A current long term (a year or more) volunteer in the Vista/Peace Corps or AmeriCorps is eligible for a fee waiver.

  1. Request a letter of verification at least 1 month before your program deadline or the date you plan to submit your application. The letter must include the following:
    • your name, dates of service, e-mail, phone number
    • your immediate supervisor’s signature to verify your status as a current Vista/Peace Corps or AmeriCorps volunteer.
  2. Fax your letter to 734-647-9378, Rackham Graduate School Admissions.
  3. Allow 10 business days for Rackham to review the official documents and respond by e-mail with the final decision.
  4. If approved, you will receive a code to enter into the online application. The code is required to submit the application. If denied, payment by credit card is required to submit the online application.