CIC FreeAPP – Fee Waivers for Graduate Program Applications

CIC FreeAPP  –  Fee Waivers for Graduate Program Applications

If there was a way to alleviate the financial burden of graduate school application fees, how would that free you to explore additional Ph.D. and Masters Programs in your areas of interest? The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) has designed the FreeApp program to do just that: to increase access to graduate education for students who possess qualities and experiences that enhance the diversity of intellectual, cultural and social environments at CIC universities. Populations targeted include minority students, first-generation college students and students from low-income families, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Prospective students can request a graduate application fee waiver at participating CIC universities by using the CIC FreeApp form. CIC universities may waive your graduate application fee – an average of $75 per application. Applicants must meet CIC and local campus eligibility requirements to be awarded a FreeApp award.

To be eligible to submit a FreeApp waiver request form, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have completed a bachelor's degree by the August preceding enrollment in the graduate program
  • Apply for admission to a Master’s or Ph.D. program.
  • Be a citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale)
  • Intend to pursue an academic and/or research career

To view a list of participating universities, click on the following link: Please note that, although this link specifies pursuing an MFA or Ph.D., MA programs at the University of Iowa also qualify.

While the priority deadline for requests is November 15th of each year, the University of Iowa’s deadline for fee waiver requests is February 1st.

For more information, contact Joseph Henry, Outreach Counselor at the University of Iowa Graduate College at or 319-335-2138. Or, complete the online FreeApp request form here.

Access the FREE CIC publication, “Applying to Graduate School: Tips, Timeline and Tools of the Trade,” here.