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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. These standard budgets are used to award financial aid and are published annually. (Fall/Winter estimates are updated in June after tuition and fees are approved by the U-M Board of Regents.) In addition to the estimated budgets below, U-M offers a Net Price Calculator, designed to offer an estimate of the cost to attend U-M.  families may also want to visit our Family Profiles page, which offers examples of financial aid packages in several situations.

Apply for financial aid as early as possible to benefit from all available funding. New to U-M? Find out how to apply for aid.

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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 costs. While actual expenses will depend upon lifestyle and enrollment level, estimated costs should help you plan your own budget.

 PDF flier with 2015-16 student budgets

 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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NOTES ABOUT THE BUDGETS

 TUITION & FEES

Tuition and fees are based on full-time enrollment, defined by the University as 12-18 credit hours per term for undergraduate students. Students who elect fewer than 12 credit hours are charged on a per-credit-hour basis. Those who elect more than 18 hours must pay for additional credits. For financial aid eligibility purposes, full-time status for graduate students is defined as 8 credit hours per term.  Please note, however, that for tuition rate purposes, full-time for graduate students is defined as 9 credit hours per term

Rates listed for undergraduates apply to students in 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 be interested in the university's tuition insurance plan. For information, see the Tuition Refund Plan page of the University 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.  The Office of Financial Aid uses 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 meal plan you select.

I plan to live off campus: Ann Arbor offers many housing options. 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 your housing arrangements and lifestyle so  carefully evaluate your costs if choosing off-campus living. If you live off-campus, you are responsible for paying your rent directly instead of having housing costs deducted from your student account. Plan accordingly, since you will have four months’ rent to pay for the semester.

Commuting from home? Students who commute to campus 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. Books and supply costs for students in the School of Art and Design, Architecture and Urban Planning, Dental Hygiene, and Business Administration are typically higher than estimates listed here.  Contact the Office of Financial Aid for exact figures.  You can reduce your costs by compariing prices, buying used books or using the university's library and reserve book system.

 PERSONAL & MISCELLANEOUS

This category represents every other student expense: transportation, meals not covered under the standard meal contract, cell phone bills, clothes, personal hygiene, student insurance and entertainment. This is the most variable component of a student's budget and personal spending can make or break your budget. The financial aid budget allows about $67 per week. It is important to set an allowance, track your expenses and stick to your budget. Keep in mind:

  • If you live off-campus, you may save money by having roommates.
  • The four Cs -- cars, clothes, credit cards, and cell phones -- can bust 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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