Online Tuition and Financial Aid

  Michigan Resident Non-Michigan Residents

Tuition and Fees (approximate estimate for 42 credits, 5 terms)

 $44,000 $48,000
Cost Per Credit Hour  

First Credit Hour (per term)*

Additional Hours

$1,183

$998

$1,286

$1,101

*The first credit hour includes the Infrastructure Maintenance Fee.

The 2021-2022 tuition rates were approved by the University of Michigan Board of Regents in June 2021. 2022-2023 tuition rates will be posted in July 2022. All tuition rates are subject to Regents’ approval and change. Please visit the Office of the Registrar for complete information.

Mandatory Fees: $164.19 (per full term, 2021-2022)

Visit the Office of the Registrar for a complete explanation of fees. 

Visit Student Financial Services for information on student account billing, collection, and payment plans at the University of Michigan. 

Indirect Costs

The online degree programs offered by the School of Public Health can be an affordable option suited for students who prefer or require an online learning format. Below are some additional costs to consider as you budget for your master’s program. 

  • Housing and Living Expenses While online learners aren’t required to join us in housing on campus, it’s possible that the addition of master’s study to your life may have impacts on your current expenses. With that in mind, we advise students to consider what changes may occur regarding daily habits, housing, or bills when budgeting for graduate study.  
  • Technology It may come as no surprise that your computer and internet connection will be critical to your success in this program. We want to be as flexible as possible in letting you access your courses in a way that suits your needs and preferences;  however, there are some parts of this program that require specific equipment that may involve additional costs to you. 
  • Books The cost of books for our online master’s programs can be relatively minimal. In fact, most reference material is made available online. However, this cost can vary by course or an individual’s desire to own print copies and/or supplement their learning with additional materials. 

The Office of Financial Aid’s Cost of Attendance page will also help you estimate expenses during your time as a student, and interpret financial aid budgets.

Funding Your Degree

There are a variety of school-based, federal and private avenues to explore to help fund your degree costs. The School of Public Health is committed to ensuring our students have the resources, support, and ability to finance their public health degree. Over $4 Million in student aid is awarded annually from the School of Public Health. 

The University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid assists students with securing funding for study at the School of Public Health. Funding can include federal and private loans, Federal Work-Study, need-based aid, and private grants and scholarships. For more information about funding options and resources, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

School of PuBlic Health Scholarships

The School of Public Health considers all admitted online MPH and MS students for partial tuition scholarships funded by the school. Scholarship awards from the School of Public Health are based on both need and merit and provide finding for up to 25% of your total tuition costs. Consideration is based on your degree program application materials. You are not required to submit any additional application materials to be considered. Applicants who meet the priority application deadline are offered first consideration for funding. 

Last year, 41% of admitted online master's students were offered scholarship toward their degree.

Because the Rackham Graduate School administers the MS degree program, MS students may be eligible for funding opportunities offered through Rackham, outside of the School of Public Health. Learn more about Rackham funding opportunities for MS students.

Applicants are encouraged to explore the wide variety of scholarship and funding opportunities available in addition to this one from Michigan Public Health. To help you identify other opportunities that may be available to you, see our Prospective Student Funding Guide or visit the financial resources hub developed by our partners at Coursera. 

Employer Tuition Reimbursement Programs

Many of our students are currently employed and benefit from tuition reimbursement through their employers. If you need any documentation from the University of Michigan to support this process with your employer, please reach out to sph-inquiries@umich.edu.

US Veteran & Active Duty Military

The University of Michigan offers in-state tuition to veterans, reservists and active duty service members. An application can be completed online through the Office of the Registrar - Residency.

U-M Veteran & Military Services offers additional guidance on paying for college.

Reduced Tuition for Lifelong Learners

Graduate students 65 years of age or older are typically eligible to receive a discounted tuition rate for any University courses in which they are enrolled. Find more information on the Office of the Registrar website under Tuition & Fees