Graduate School

Preparation Resources:

Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program
The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 151 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.
The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)
The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.
The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)
The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) is a national organization that was founded in 1968 to expand opportunities for minority and low-income students to attend law school. Since its inception, more than 10,000 students have participated in CLEO’s programs and joined the legal profession.
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is owned and managed by its members. With more than 30,000 members around the world, NSBE is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”
MSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA)
The undergraduate research program at Michigan State University (MSU) strives to
  • increase opportunities for MSU students to engage in scholarship,
  • expand the pool of faculty and partners engaging undergraduate students in their scholarly work, and
  • better understand the impact of this engagement on student learning and retention.
Using a multi-faceted approach, we seek to capitalize on the strengths of faculty and existing programs while offering new opportunities commensurate with the culture and research methodologies of different academic disciplines.

Fee Waiver Resources:
GRE Fee Waiver Application
To be granted a GRE Fee Reduction Certificate, consult the GRE Bulletin or website. You must either:
  • Be an enrolled senior currently receiving financial aid or an un-enrolled college graduate* and…
  • You must be a United States citizen or resident alien and…
  • You must be a dependent receiving a parent contribution of $1,00 or less or you must be self-supporting with a total family contribution of $1,900 or less. 
*An applicant who is an un-enrolled college graduate must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility. Once the applicant receives the Student Aid Report (SAR), s/he should take it to the Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility for the GRE Fee Reduction Certificate.
Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp Program
The Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp program is designed to increase access to graduate education for students who possess qualities and experiences that enhance the diversity of the intellectual, cultural and social environments at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities.
For more information, please contact:
Aida Montalvo
Michigan State University
The Graduate School
Chittenden Hall
466 W. Circle Dr. Rm 230
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
Phone: 517-353-3063
MSU Eli Broad College of Business Full-Time MBA Application Fee Waiver
The Broad Full-Time MBA program would like to recognize applicants from certain backgrounds that exemplify community and military service. Applicants from the organizations listed below can apply and have their application fee paid for by the Full-Time MBA program. Learn more about various fellowship benefits.
  • Peace Corps
  • AmeriCorp
  • Teach for America
  • Non-Profit organizations listed under section 501(c)
  • U.S. Military Background
To apply the waiver, please contact Beth Thomas for further instructions.
Association of American Medical Colleges Fee Assistance Program
The AAMC Fee Assistance Program assists those who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) exam, apply to medical schools that use the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) application, and more.