FreeApp - Introduction



FreeApp seeks to increase graduate education access for students who possess qualities and experiences that enhance the diversity of the intellectual, cultural, and social environments at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. It is open to all qualified candidates. Those who have been traditionally underrepresented in graduate education, including racial and ethnic minorities, women in STEM, first-generation college students, and individuals who have faced adversity, such as societal, economic or academic disadvantages are strongly encouraged to submit a waiver request.

Through this program, prospective students can request a graduate application fee waiver for Ph.D. or Master of Fine Arts programs at participating universities:

The priority deadline for requests is November 15.  You are responsible for obtaining graduate applications directly from the institutions where you plan to apply. For more information about campus specific admissions, contact the appropriate FreeApp Coordinator.

Complete the FreeApp request form.


FreeApp Flyer

Applying to Grad School

Staff Contact

Sharon Lee
Project Coordinator
Programs Team

Campus Contacts

FreeApp Coordinators