FreeApp 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 CIC universities like the University of Illinois. Through this program, prospective students can request a graduate application fee waiver for Ph.D. or master's programs. Applicants participating in the CIC FreeApp must meet the following criteria:

  • Be awarded a bachelor's degree by the August preceding enrollment in the graduate program
  • Apply for admission to a graduate degree program
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident   
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)   
  • Have a serious intent to pursue an academic and/or research career

Interested students may register online at: CIC

For additional information contact the Graduate College Educational Equity Programs Office at: GradEEPrograms

When submitting your CIC Free Application, please indicate that you plan to apply to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After completing the online CIC FreeApp, we ask that you visit our site at to apply online to your proposed program of study.

In this online application, there is a section regarding "Application Fee Waivers." In this section, please make sure to indicate that you have submitted a CIC Free Application. We will then approve your application fee waiver once we receive your name from the CIC. We will only contact you if your name does not appear on the CIC list once we are ready to officially admit you to the Graduate College. If you did not qualify we will request payment by check or money order prior to completing your official admission.