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If you think you may need financial assistance to attend the University of Michigan, we encourage you to apply for financial aid, following the guidelines below.  You may apply for aid before being accepted or enrolling in the university.

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HOW TO APPLY: OVERVIEW

 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, Unsubsidized and either Graduate or Parent PLUS) programs and the State of Michigan Competitive Scholarship, Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver, Perkins Loan, Health Professional Loan, Nursing Student Loan and Work-Study awards) complete this application at no charge:

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Use U-M's federal code 002325 to ensure that we receive your FAFSA. The FAFSA is available on Jan. 1 each year at no cost to students. You do not have to be admitted to U-M to file the FAFSA. Audio information about the FAFSA for visually impaired students.

 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 this application:

The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.  Use 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 complete the CSS PROFILE.
 
Note to entering students: There is a cost associated with submission of the PROFILE. Many students will receive an automatic fee waiver offer from the College Board when they provide their income information. The University of Michigan does not wish to create a financial burden to families who are unable to submit a CSS PROFILE due to financial constraints. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid 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. Please note that you must request this waiver before you submit the PROFILE. We are unable to reimburse families who request the waiver after submission. 

About U-M grants

The University of Michigan offers excellent institutional need-based assistance to augment federal student financial aid. Of the 3,749 entering freshmen who applied for need-based institutional funding in 2012-13, 1,747 students were offered gift assistance, with an average grant award of $13,461 (Source: U-M Office of Budget and Planning).

If you wish to be considered for institutional grant aid from U-M (University of Michigan Grant, M-Pact, Provost Award) and/or institutional merit scholarships, complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

 

APPLICATION TIMELINE FOR FALL/WINTER AID

April 30:   Priority Deadline. The University's Office of Financial Aid must receive your financial aid application documents by this date to consider you for all aid programs. Use estimated tax information, if necessary. Give yourself plenty of time to apply so that the records arrive to U-M in 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. The Office of Financial Aid will contact students by email if this is required and students should 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). 

Note: If you will be classified as an independent undergraduate student, you need only complete the FAFSA.  Definition of an independent student 

Rejected FAFSA:  If your FAFSA is rejected by the federal processor, it is not considered "processed" and you may miss the April 30 priority deadline. The most common reason for FAFSA rejection is missing required signatures.  Sign the FAFSA and have your 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. 

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WINTER TERM ADMISSION AND AID

If you are planning to apply for admission to U-M for 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 (use federal code 002325) and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (Use U-M's CSS code 1839). 

Note to entering students: There is a cost associated with submission of the PROFILE. Many students will receive an automatic fee waiver offer from the College Board when they provide their income information. The University of Michigan does not wish to create a financial burden to families who are unable to submit a CSS PROFILE due to financial constraints. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid 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. Please note that you must request this waiver before you submit the PROFILE. We are unable to reimburse families who request the waiver after submission. .

 To be considered for all aid programs, 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 for you to be considered for institutional aid.

 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.

Do not wait to be admitted before applying for aid. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office.

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 SPRING/SUMMER ADMISSION AND AID

If you are a first-time, dependent undergraduate planning to attend U-M beginning with the Spring or Summer terms, we must receive financial aid application materials for both Spring/Summer and the coming Fall/Winter terms in order to process your aid. This includes FAFSA, PROFILE, plus any supplemental application 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. 

  If you have completed a FAFSA but not asked that the results be sent to UM-Ann Arbor (School Code 002325), visit fafsa.gov and select "Make Corrections to a Processed FAFSA" or call 1-800-4-FEDAID.

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 are a student starting at U-M as part of the Summer Bridge Program, visit the Bridge web page for additional information specific to that program.

Current Students: If you are a continuing U-M student, follow the application process for Spring/Summer on our Current Undergraduates page.

 APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS

Students are considered for most scholarships administered by the Office of Financial Aid and do not need to apply separately. We encourage you to submit your admissions application early to receive equal consideration with other applicants. Once you are admitted, go to My Scholarship Profile on Wolverine Access to complete your scholarship profile to ensure that you are considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible. Please note that 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 need-based and non-need-based scholarships from other sources. We encourage you to explore and apply for any scholarships for which you are eligible. University of Michigan schools, colleges, and departments administer their own scholarships and some may require separate application. 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. 
 
For more information, about applying for scholarships, see our Scholarships page.
 
 VIDEO: FINANCIAL AID BASICS
 

 

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