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Application Fee Waivers

We will begin accepting fee waiver applications on September 1.  We have a limited number of fee waivers to provide and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.


Sociology Department Fee Waiver Criteria:

1. Have a record of superior academic achievement (e.g., grade point average, honors, or other designation) - send unofficial transcript; and

2. Are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or undocumented student with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA); and 

3. You must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Come from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented in Sociology graduate programs in the United States or at the University of Michigan;
  • Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances;
  • Are a first-generation U.S. citizen or are the first generation in your family to graduate from a four-year college


If you believe you meet the criteria for a fee waiver, please send an unofficial transcript and a one page, double-spaced personal statement to  The statement should describe how your specific background (geographic, financial, cultural, or educational) has helped you demonstrate a sustained commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By commitment to diversity, we mean efforts in the U.S. to reduce social, educational, or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity, or gender, or to improve race relations in the U.S.; Please keep in mind that race, ethnicity, gender, and national origin may not be used as criteria for requesting an application fee waiver.


If you do not meet the criteria for a Sociology Department fee waiver, you may still qualify for a fee waiver through the Rackham Graduate School.


Falsification of information to obtain a fee waiver may result in the withdrawal of the application or in the revocation of admission, financial award, or registration.