University of Wisconsin–Madison

Applying for a Fee Grant

The Graduate School offers a limited number of application fee grants to make sure that the application fee is not a barrier for students from our key recruiting initiatives. Fee grants are currently available to U.S. citizens and permanent resident applicants who can document that they:

  1. participated in selected pipeline programs designed to prepare students for graduate studies,
  2. grew up in a low-income family, or
  3. were impacted by a natural disaster or other life event.

If any of the above criteria apply, please review the relevant instructions below.

The UW–Madison Graduate School applauds you for preparing for graduate school by participating in one of these programs! We have seen that students who come here after participating in these programs remain at UW–Madison and graduate at very high rates, so we are excited to offer you an application fee grant to encourage you to consider graduate opportunities here. If you have participated in one of the programs listed below, please follow the instructions on the Fee Grant Verification Form, relevant to the criteria that best fits your fee grant eligibility.

Note: The Graduate School will need to verify your eligibility in any of the below criteria before providing a coupon code. This code must be entered with your application prior to the submission of your application, as no application fee refunds are possible. Therefore, we encourage you to start the coupon code request process as early as possible as the Graduate School requires at least 7 business days for reviewing the fee grant eligibility requests.

1. Instructions for applicants who have participated in a pipeline program

Big Ten Academic Alliance (formerly CIC) Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP): Complete the Fee Grant Verification Form, by selecting this option and indicating your specific summer program institution, program name and participation year, to request an application fee coupon code.

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD): Complete the Fee Grant Verification Form, by selecting this option and indicating the participating program director’s name and contact information for verification purposes.

Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT): Complete the Fee Grant Verification Form, by selecting this option and indicating your participation year, to request an application fee coupon code.

Louise Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP): Complete the Fee Grant Verification Form, by selecting this option and indicating the participating program director’s name and contact information for verification purposes.

Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC): Complete the Fee Grant Verification Form, by selecting this option and indicating the participating program director’s name and contact information for verification purposes.

McNair Scholars: Complete the Fee Grant Verification Form, by selecting this option and indicating the participating program’s name. In addition, complete the Certification of McNair Program Participation and upload it through the application portal for review.

National GEM Consortium: Applicants for GEM Fellowships may be considered for application fee grants if their GEM applications are complete (not necessarily submitted, however, if the fee grant request comes before GEM’s November 15 deadline). Complete the Fee Grant Verification Form, by selecting this option and indicating which UW–Madison graduate program(s) you are interested in, so we can review your request.

Post-Baccalaureate Research and Education Program (PREP): Complete the Fee Grant Verification Form by selecting this option and indicating the participating program director’s name and contact information.

Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE): Complete the Fee Grant Verification Form, by selecting this option and indicating the participating program director’s name and contact information for verification purposes.

UW–Madison Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP): Complete the Fee Grant Verification Form, by selecting this by indicating the participating program name and participation year.

WiscAMP: Participants of WiscAMP should complete the Fee Grant Verification Form, by selecting this option and indicating the home institution for verification purposes.

2. Instructions for domestic applicants who have grown up in a low-income family

You may be eligible for an application fee grant if you can document that you were low income prior to or during college. Please follow the instructions below. This entire process must be completed before you submit your graduate school application, which means you should submit the request form for review at least 7 business days before the application deadline for your academic program(s) of interest. No application fee grants can be applied after submission of your graduate application and no refunds may be made to paid application fees.

Please follow the instructions on the Fee Grant Verification Form and complete the low income eligibility section, including the initiation of the Verification of Student Financial Background and Status Form. Fill out the top portion, and send it electronically to the Financial Aid Office at your undergraduate institution. Ask that office to complete the form and return a signed, stamped copy to you.

Once you have received the completed form, upload the document through the graduate application as a PDF attachment. The Graduate School will review the form and notify you within 7 business days if you are eligible for a fee grant, by sending you an email that will include your individual coupon code.  When you receive the coupon code you will then be able to complete your graduate school application, but please follow these further instructions by clicking on the “final application submission” button and choosing the coupon code option.

3. Instructions for domestic applicants who have been impacted by a natural disaster or recent life event

If you are an applicant who has been impacted by a natural disaster in the past year or a recent life event please follow the instructions on the Fee Grant Verification Form, to provide additional information on how you have been impacted by a natural disaster or recent life event in the past year.


If you have questions about fee grants, please email feegrants@grad.wisc.edu.