Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition Per Term for 2017-2018 Academic Year
|Tuition Per Term||Michigan Resident||Non-Michigan Resident|
|Full time - 9+ credits||$14,389||$23,771|
|Part time - first credit||$1,941||$2,983|
|Part time - additional credits||$1,557||$2,599|
|There is an additional $164.19 in mandatory fees per term.|
**Ph.D. candidate refers to a student who has been advanced to candidacy.
Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by the Regents of the University.
- University of Michigan Office of the Registrar- Full Term Tuition and Fees.
- U-M Residency Classification Guidelines.
- University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid Guide for Graduate Students.
- $4Million+ awarded per year in financial aid
Financing your education at the School of Public Health is an investment in a better future. A variety of types of assistance are available to help you cover your costs — federal loans, work-study positions, scholarships, fellowships, graduate student instructorships, graduate student research assistantships, full-time and temporary employment, and private sources.
The U-M Office of Financial Aid (OFA) provides the main source of funds for financing your graduate education. This office provides need-based assistance in the form of federal loans and College Work Study. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application to apply for this assistance. The U-M Federal School Code for the FAFSA is 002325.
Before we can send you the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 form used in obtaining a visa to enter the United States), you must provide the following documentation to SPH Admissions:
- Certification of Funds: You must certify sufficient funds to cover the estimated expenses for one year of program study. If your financial support is being provided by a sponsor, please ask the agency to send a detailed letter indicating the amount and duration of sponsorship.
- If you are having your tuition paid by a sponsor, please make sure your sponsor(s) is aware of the two year length of the M.P.H./M.H.S.A.. programs and that their commitment and support is for the potential duration of the program and not just the initial I-20 request.
- The University of Michigan School of Public Health is not responsible for lack of funds due to a sponsor(s) inability to provide support, which could jeopardize a student’s visa status.
- If you obtain a GSI or GSRA position, you must provide a copy of the offer of employment letter from that unit. Please view our Funding Requirements webpage for specific information on the total amount of funding you are required to show proof of in order to begin the I-20 process.
We cannot process an I-20 request without having the following documents on file:
- Copies of financial documentation in English
- Affidavit of Financial Resources for Issuance of Form I-20 (PDF)
- Financial Resources Statement for Issuance of Form I-20 (PDF)
- Copy of current Passport (first page in most cases, additional pages if it contains U.S. Immigration documents)
- If currently in the United States, additional documents required are:
- I-94 card
- Copy of current I-20
International Students must also have a health insurance plan that meets U-M requirements. Please see the International Center for requirements and/or information on the U-M International Student Health Insurance Plan.
Sources of Funding
Federal Loans: Filling out the FAFSA is the first step in receiving federal student aid. Loans are borrowed funds which must be repaid with interest after you are no longer a student. Some federal loans are awarded to students on the basis of need (Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Subsidized Loans). Need-based loans allow students to defer paying interest on these loans while they are enrolled at least half-time. Other federal loans are non-need based (Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans). Students borrowing from non-need based loan programs may defer interest on these loans while they are enrolled in school.
Private, Non-Need-Based Loans: A number of private, non-need-based programs are available to students. In most cases, however, the interest rates available through federal programs are lower than the rates for private loan programs.
Work Study: Many students choose to work part time in a work study program. Your financial aid package from the university must include a work-study grant in order for you to be eligible to apply for work study positions on campus. These positions range in type and location, but include office assistants and research assistants.
GSI/GSSA: Graduate students can also apply to be Graduate School Instructors or Graduate Student Staff Assistants for undergraduate courses on campus. U-M SPH does not have an undergraduate program so students must find other disciplines that they have focused on in class or as an undergraduate student. GSIs receive full tuition, health coverage, and an additional monthly living stipend.
GSRA: Similar to GSI positions, Graduate Student Research Assistantships provide tuition waivers, stipend, and health insurance. Although U-M SPH does have some opportunities for students to conduct research, formal GSRA positions are few in number, mostly reserved for doctoral students, and typically offered to students who have been in the school for at least one year. Students can seek out GSRA positions across the university at any department that might offer opportunities for research. Individual faculty members serving as principle investigators on research projects most often offer GSRA positions. Students should attempt to identify appropriate faculty with research interests similar to their own and contact that faculty member directly.
All students admitted to one of our doctoral programs are considered for financial support. There are four types of financial support that we offer our students: Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA), Training Grants and Fellowships.
Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)
Graduate Student Instructors are appointed at 50% effort, which involves working approximately 20 hours per week. This appointment includes full payment of tuition, health insurance coverage, registration fees, and a monthly stipend. The duties of a GSI can include preparing materials for labs, teaching labs, holding office hours, grading homework and exams, and tutoring.
Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA)
Graduate Student Research Assistants are appointed at 50% effort, which involves working approximately 20 hours per week on a research project. This appointment includes full payment of tuition, health insurance coverage, registration fees, and a monthly stipend. GSRAs generally work closely with a faculty member who is a principal or co-investigator on the research project. The duties of the GSRA can involve analysis of biomedical research data or statistical research. Currently, GSRAs are working on projects involving statistical methods development and application to bioinformatics, cancer, clinical trials, dentistry, diabetes, environmental health, epidemiology, genetics, health education, kidney disease, and survival analysis.
Some students are supported through involvement in training grants which provide support similar to the GSRA or GSI appointments. Check with your department for specific training grants available.
Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards
Awards for tuition assistance are available and are granted without a work obligation. These awards are generally made on the basis of academic merit, expected contribution to the field, and to students with underrepresented backgrounds. Some examples of awards our students have received include:
- the Shapiro Award
- the Rackham Merit Fellowship for Historically Underrepresented Groups
- the Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowship
- the Rackham Regents Fellowship
- the School of Public Health Tuition Assistance Award.
Other award/scholarship opportunities exist for continuing students. They include:
- the Rackham One-Term Dissertation Grant
- the Barbour Scholarship
- the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
- the Susan Lipshutz Award
- the Rackham Travel Award
The Rackham Sources of Aid page lists various sources of information on financial assistance available to graduate students on campus.
Financial Aid for Doctoral Students
Many of our students are offered funding as GSIs, GSRAs or graduate fellows. If you do not receive such an offer, you may apply for financial aid through the University of Michigan’s Office of Financial Aid. This office requires applicants for any and all types of financial aid to complete the Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA) provided by the American College Testing Center (ACTC).
A FAFSA will be sent to you directly if you indicate your interest in financial assistance on the admission application form. FAFSAs are available from most high school or college libraries and financial aid officers, as well as from the School of Public Health Office for Student Engagement and Practice. FAFSA is also available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Other Helpful Resources
- Funding Resources for SPH
- Financing Your Degree and Scholarship Search Engines
- UM Office of Financial Aid