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Fee Waiver Eligibility

The Graduate School waives the application fee for applicants from the following organizations and/or preparatory programs:
  • Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
  • Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)-Bridge to the Doctorate Program
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF)
  • Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)
  • Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)
  • UMBC-Meyerhoff Scholars Program
  • Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP)
  • American Political Science Association – Ralph Bunch Summer Institute
  • UNC-Summer of Learning and Research Program (SOLAR)
  • UMD-BSOS Summer Research Initiative (SRI)
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
  • UMD-SPHL Summer Training and Research (UM STAR)
  • CIC – FreeApp
  • GEM Scholar (Big Ten/Grad School Expo)
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
  • Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

Contact Christopher Pérez ( about fee waiver eligibility or to obtain additional information about the programs listed above.


To obtain the application fee waiver:

  1. Applicants need to make sure they have not submitted the application.
  2. The Graduate School is sent a request for the waiver (choose ‘Diversity Program Application Fee Waiver’).
  3. The applicant sends proof of participation/membership in that organization/program (typically a letter from the program/organization director).
  4. The Graduate School will send verification of the waiver by email.
  5. This should be done well in advance of the program’s application deadline. After this point, the applicant can submit the application without paying the $75 fee.

Please note:  Any student that has attended IRT, ABRCMS or SACNAS, should send an email to with subject: [conference name] attendee fee waiver. In the event that proof of participation may be needed, the Graduate School will inform the applicant.

Contact Information

The Graduate School, University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742