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 Cost to Attend U-M

Cost of Attendance is based on estimated student budgets that include tuition/fees, housing, books/supplies and person/miscellaneous expenses assuming full-time attendance for two semesters, Fall and Winter. These budgets are used to award financial aid and are published annually. (Estimates are updated in June after tuition and fees are approved by the U-M Board of Regents.)

In addition to the estimated budgets, U-M offers a Net Price Calculator, designed to offer individual student/family estimates of the cost to attend U-M.  You may also visit our Family Profiles page, which offers examples of financial aid packages in several situations.

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ESTIMATED COSTS/BUDGETS

Estimated budgets reflect a modest-but-adequate expense pattern of U-M students based on Office of Financial Aid research. Enrollment level, number of completed credits, major field of study and housing options all determine individual costs. Estimated costs should help you plan your own college budget. Actual expenses will depend upon lifestyle and enrollment level.

 ESTIMATED FALL/WINTER 2015-2016 (September - April)

  Tuition & Fees* Housing Costs** Books & Supplies Personal & Miscellaneous Total Budget
Michigan Residents (In-State)
LOWER DIVISION
(Freshmen/Sophomores)
$13,486 $10,246 $1,048 $2,204 $26,984
UPPER DIVISION
(Juniors/Seniors) 
$15,186 $10,246 $1,048 $2,204 $28,684
GRADUATE STUDENTS $20,406 $13,504 $1,192 $4,552 $39,654
Nonresidents (Out-of-State)
LOWER DIVISION
(Freshmen/Sophomores) 
$41,906 $10,246  $1,048 $2,204 $55,404
UPPER DIVISION
(Juniors/Seniors) 
$44,848 $10,246  $1,048 $2,204 $58,346
GRADUATE STUDENTS  $40,892  $13,504 $1,192  $4,552 $60,140

Tuition and fees listed are based on approved rates for the 2014-2015 academic year. Rates are approved each June by the U-M Board of Regents and estimated budgets are updated at that time. Tuition and fees may be higher or lower depending on a student's program of study; these estimated budgets use information from the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Current tuition information is available through the Office of the Registrar.

* The distinction between Lower Division and Upper Division is based on the number of credit hours completed (including AP and transfer credits), not on the number of years you have attended.
**Based on the Standard Meal Plan

 SPRING/SUMMER 2015 (May - August)

  Tuition & Fees* Housing Costs Books & Supplies Personal & Miscellaneous Total Budget
Michigan Residents (In-State)
LOWER DIVISION
(Freshmen/Sophomores)
$3,372 $2,431 $262 $626 $6,691
UPPER DIVISION
(Juniors/Seniors) 
$3,797 $2,431 $262 $626 $7,116
GRADUATE STUDENTS $5,643 $3,376 $298 $1,084 $10,401
Nonresidents (Out-of-State)
LOWER DIVISION
(Freshmen/Sophomores) 
$11,137 $2,431 $262 $626 $14,456
UPPER DIVISION
(Juniors/Seniors) 
$11,212 $2,431 $262 $626 $14,531
GRADUATE STUDENTS  $11,333 $3,376 $298 $1,084 $16,091

For most programs of study, these costs are for the eight-week Spring half-term (May-June) or the eight-week Summer half-term (July-August).  If you attend both terms, multiply these costs by two. Spring/Summer estimated budgets are posted each March.
* The distinction between Lower Division and Upper Division is based on the number of credit hours completed (including AP and transfer credits), not on the number of years you have attended.

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ABOUT THE BUDGETS

 TUITION & FEES

Tuition and fees are based on full-time enrollment, defined as 12-18 credit hours per term for undergraduate students. Those electing fewer than 12 credit hours are charged on a per-credit-hour basis. Those electing more than 18 hours must pay for additional credits. For financial aid eligibility, full-time for graduate students is defined as 8 credit hours per term (however, for tuition rate purposes, full-time for graduate students is defined as 9 credit hours per term).  Undergraduate rates are for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; tuition and fees may be higher or lower, depending on a student's program of study. Current full- and part-time tuition and fees for all U-M Schools and Colleges are available from the Office of the Registrar.

For residency questions, contact the Office of the Registrar.  Visit Student Financial Services for information about your U-M account, eBill, installment payment plans, and payment dates. Students with chronic health issues that require hospitalization may consider the university's tuition insurance plan. Visit the Tuition Refund Plan page at the U-M Health Service website.

 HOUSING (Room & Board)

  • Living on campus? The University Housing website provides detailed schedules of housing options, rates and meal plans. All residence hall room contracts require a meal plan for both Fall and Winter semesters.  For budgets, we use the standard double-occupancy rate and Standard Meal Plan rate to determine eligibility (you would pay more for a single room and less for an economy triple and your rate will vary based on the selected meal plan).
  • I plan to live off campus: The financial aid budget allows for off-campus rent, utility, and food costs up to the estimated cost for a standard double-occupancy room in a campus residence hall. Your costs will depend on housing arrangements and lifestyle, so carefully evaluate your options. If you live off-campus, you pay your rent directly to a landlord instead of having housing costs deducted from your student account. Plan accordingly, since you will have four months’ rent to pay for the semester. If you live off-campus, you may save money by having roommates.
  • Commuting from home? Students who commute will reduce room and board costs significantly. The allowance for commuting students is $4,406 for the academic year to acknowledge ongoing family household expenses (food, utilities, etc.) and transportation costs.

 BOOKS & SUPPLIES

Costs vary by program, course load, and selected classes. Costs for students in the School of Art and Design, Architecture and Urban Planning, Dental Hygiene, and Business Administration are typically higher than estimates here.  Contact the Office of Financial Aid for exact figures.  Reduce your costs by compariing prices, buying used books, renting books or using the university's library and reserve book system.

 PERSONAL & MISCELLANEOUS

This category includes other student expenses such as transportation, meals not covered under the standard meal contract, cell phone bills, clothes, personal hygiene, student insurance and entertainment. This is the most variable part of a student's budget. The financial aid budget allows about $67 per week. Set an allowance, track expenses and stick to your budget. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
  • To see an estimate of your U-M bill (current and admitted students only), select Financial Planning Calculators from within Wolverine Access.
  • U-M Tuition Refund Plan: The university offers a tuition insurance plan that may be of interest to students with chronic health issues that require hospitalization. For information, see the Tuition Refund Plan page on the University Health Service website.

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