Application Fee

To apply for admission, you must submit an application fee by credit card only. The application fee is $95 and is not refundable. ($150 for McCormick PhD applicants selecting an optional secondary PhD application.)

FAQs - Application Fee

Q. Do you offer application fee waivers?


Yes, The Graduate School (TGS) provides fee waivers on a first-come, first serve basis to eligible applicants who meet the following criteria:

  1. Intent to apply for a TGS PhD or MFA program
  2. US citizenship or permanent residency
  3. An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0
  4. Identification as at least one of the following:
    1. A first-generation college student (neither your parents nor your grandparents has obtained a four-year degree)
    2. A low-income individual as defined by the US Department of Education
    3. Participation in any of the following programs:
      1. Big Ten Alliance (SROP Program)
      2. Fisk to Vanderbilt Bridge Program
      3. National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Sciences (GEM)
      4. HSI Pathways Fellows
      5. Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)
      6. Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MMUF)
      7. Northwestern Introduction to Graduate Education (IGEN)
      8. Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)
      9. Ronald E. McNair Scholars
      10. The PhD Project
    4. A veteran or current member of the US Armed Forces

Q. How can I request an application fee waiver?


Eligible applicants have the option to request a waiver using an online form that appears as part of the online application submission process. This step becomes available based on minimum eligibility and cannot be completed until after indicating that an application is ready for submission. 

We highly recommend completing and submitting your application well in advance of your admissions deadline if you plan to request a fee waiver. The number of waivers issued each year is limited. All requests are manually approved by TGS staff and therefore may take one to two business days to be processed. Applications with pending fee waiver requests are not considered submitted and may delay the timely submission of applications if requests are made within two business days of an application deadline. 

If you have any additional questions, please contact TGS Admission.