If you think you may need financial help to attend the University of Michigan, we encourage you to apply for financial aid using the guidelines below. You may apply for aid before being accepted or enrolling at U-M. We use information from both parents, regardless of marital status, when considering eligibility for U-M grants.
If you wish to apply for federal student aid (Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant, Federal Perkins Loan and/or Federal Direct Loan (Subsidized or Unsubsidized) and the State of Michigan Competitive Scholarship, Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver, Perkins Loan, Health Professional Loan, Nursing Student Loan and Work-Study awards) complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at no charge using U-M's federal code 002325. The FAFSA is available on Jan. 1 each year at no cost to students. Audio information about the FAFSA for visually impaired students.
Rejected FAFSA: If your FAFSA is rejected by the federal processor, you may miss the April 30 priority deadline. The most common reason for FAFSA rejection is missing required signatures. Sign the FAFSA and have both parents sign if you are a dependent student. If you are an independent student applying for the Health Professions Loan, one parent must also sign.
If you also wish to be considered for institutional grant aid from U-M (University of Michigan Grant, M-Pact, Provost Award) and/or institutional merit scholarships (many institutional scholarships also require the demonstration of need), complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE using U-M's CSS code 1839 to ensure that we receive your PROFILE. The PROFILE is available on Oct. 1 each year.
You do not have to be admitted to U-M to file the FAFSA or PROFILE. Note: If you will be classified as an independent undergraduate student, you need only complete the FAFSA. Definition of an independent student
Note to entering students: There is a cost associated with submitting the PROFILE. Many students will receive an automatic fee waiver offer from the College Board when they provide their income information. U-M does not wish to create a burden to families who are unable to submit a CSS PROFILE. Please contact our office to request a PROFILE fee waiver if you are financially unable to submit this application and are not offered the automatic fee waiver from the College Board. You must request this waiver before you submit the PROFILE. We are unable to reimburse families who request the waiver after submission.
If you are applying to attend U-M beginning in the Fall Term, complete the current year FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE when you apply for admission.
April 30: Priority Deadline. The U-M Office of Financial Aid must receive a valid FAFSA and PROFILE to consider you for all aid programs. Use estimated tax information, if necessary. Give yourself plenty of time to apply so that the we receive your records on time.
May 1: Pay enrollment deposit to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
June 1: Some students may be required to submit additional documents to be considered for need-based U-M grants and scholarships. We will contact those students by email; sign in to Wolverine Access to view a list of needed documents. (Note: U-M does not participate in the College Board IDOC (Institutional Documentation Service) program; do NOT upload your documents through IDOC).
If you are applying to attend U-M beginning Winter term, complete the current year FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE at the time you apply for admission.
Complete and submit a current-year Free Application for Federal Student Aid using federal code 002325 and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE using U-M's CSS code 1839.
We must receive your FAFSA record from the federal processor and your PROFILE application from the College Board (if you are applying for institutional grants and scholarships) by Jan. 16, 2015. Allow three to four weeks for processing. We will notify you by email if we need additional documents or information; these materials must be submitted within 30 days of notification.
If you have filed a FAFSA, but not requested that the results be sent to UM-Ann Arbor (School Code 002325), visit www.fafsa.gov and select "Make Corrections to a Processed FAFSA" or call 1-800-4-FEDAID.
If you are a first-time, dependent undergraduate planning to attend U-M beginning Spring or Summer terms, we must receive aid application materials for Spring/Summer and the coming Fall/Winter terms to process your aid. This includes the FAFSA, PROFILE, plus any additional documents requested by our office. Deadline dates are as follows:
Complete and submit the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (use federal code 002325) and the 2015-16 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (Use U-M's CSS code 1839). To be considered for all aid programs, we must receive your FAFSA record and your PROFILE application (to be considered for institutional grants and scholarships) by April 30.
Complete and submit the 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (use federal code 002325). We must receive your FAFSA record and all supplemental documents requested by May 10 for Spring Term and June 1 for Summer Term.
Special notes to Spring/Summer admits:
- First-time students should not submit a Spring/Summer Request for Funds, which is used only by continuing students.
- Do not wait to be admitted before applying for aid. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office.
- Bridge Students: If you will start at U-M in the Summer Bridge Program, visit the Bridge web page for additional information specific to that program.
Continuing students should follow the application process for Spring/Summer on our Current Undergraduates page.
• UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS
Students are considered for most scholarships and do not need to apply for them separately. We encourage you to apply for admission early to receive equal consideration with other applicants. Once admitted, visit the My Scholarship Profile on Wolverine Access and complete it to ensure that you are considered for all scholarships. To be considered for scholarships that are awarded to students with financial need, you must also apply for financial aid.
You might also be eligible for scholarships from other sources. We encourage you to explore and apply for any scholarships for which you are eligible. U-M schools, colleges, and departments administer their own scholarships and some may require separate applications. For more information, contact the financial aid offices of the individual schools and colleges or your academic department.
• PRIVATE SCHOLARSHIPS
Conduct your search for private scholarships from September to June of your senior year in high school. See our private scholarships page
for more information about where to look for scholarships that might be available to you.
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