Applying for a Fee Grant

UW–Madison is excited that you are considering one or more of our academic programs for graduate school! 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, permanent resident applicants and students with DACA status who can document that they:

  1. participated in selected pipeline programs designed to prepare students for graduate studies, or
  2. grew up in a low-income family.

If any of the above criteria apply, please review and follow the instructions below. Applicants approved for fee grants will receive a coupon code to cover the application fee. If you have any questions about this process, please contact feegrants@grad.wisc.edu. Each applicant may receive up to one (1) application fee grant from the Graduate School no matter how many eligibility categories they qualify for.

The Graduate School will verify your eligibility in any of the below criteria and may consult with your academic program(s) of interest before providing a coupon code. In most cases you will need to obtain a signature from another party, such as your undergraduate financial aid office or the program director for the pipeline program under which you are applying, so we encourage you to start the coupon code request process as early as possible. In addition, please email your completed forms to our office at least five (5) business days prior to your earliest application deadline to ensure there is enough time to process your request. This code must be entered on the payment page prior to the submission of your graduate application, as no application fee refunds are possible.

The Graduate School only provides fee grants for programs that use the Graduate School application. The Wisconsin School of Business, which uses a separate application, has its own criteria for fee grants. For more information on those grants, contact the admissions team for the program to which you are applying. Please visit the Business School’s contact page for email addresses and phone numbers.

1. Recognized pipeline programs:

Successful participants of the following programs are currently eligible under this category:

  • Big Ten Academic Alliance (formerly CIC) Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
  • Department of Education Pathways Program
  • NIH Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)
  • Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) at Phillips Academy Andover
  • NSF Louise Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), including participation in WiscAMP
  • NIH Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)
  • U.S. Department of Education Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
  • National GEM Consortium
  • NIH Post-Baccalaureate Research and Education Program (PREP)
  • NIH Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)
  • UW–Madison Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
  • Científico Latino Graduate Student Mentorship Initiative (GSMI)

If you participated in any of these programs, please complete the Fee Grant Verification Form, follow the directions found at the end of the form, and send all completed documents to feegrants@grad.wisc.edu. For most pipeline programs, you will be asked to obtain the signature of your program director to confirm your participation. Once submitted, the Graduate School will review the form and notify you within five (5) business days if you have been approved for a fee grant.

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. You can document this:

  • by demonstrating that you had an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $2,000 on your FAFSA, took out a Perkins Loan, or took out a subsidized loan in each of the most recent two academic years of undergraduate studies. Your undergraduate financial aid office will need to confirm this.
  • by demonstrating that you qualified for SNAP, SSI, TANF, or WIC sometime during the most recent two academic years of undergraduate studies. You may do this by providing documentation showing you qualified for one of these programs such as a letter or approval email.
  • or by providing a description of your upbringing in a substantially low-income/economically disadvantaged family.

If you qualify under one of these categories, please complete the Fee Grant Verification Form, follow the directions found at the end of the form, and submit the completed form to feegrants@grad.wisc.edu. Once submitted, the Graduate School will review the form and notify you within five (5) business days if you have been approved for a fee grant.

Note: The UW–Madison Graduate School has heard that a number of financial aid offices will not sign forms verifying EFC (Expected Family Contribution). If you are in that situation, please indicate that on the form and attach any documentation you have to support the low-income category you selected (e.g., FAFSA print-off indicating EFC<$2,000 in your most recent two academic years of undergraduate studies.)

FOR UW FACULTY & STAFF:

Please click here to complete the Fee Grant Purchase Form for faculty and staff. Fill out the form at least one week prior to when you will need the application fee grant codes. Please email feegrants@grad.wisc.edu with any questions.