Student Tuition and Fees
Effective Fall 2012
Dear University of Michigan Students and Families,
The Board of Regents approved the University's budget and set tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 academic year at their June meeting. Developing our budget and setting tuition is particularly challenging, given the economic circumstances of the state and the nation. As the Regents and the administration develop a budget and set tuition each year, two top priorities are to maintain and advance the excellence of our educational programs and to ensure access to the University by students from all economic backgrounds. We strive to keep our tuition increases moderate, and to provide as much financial aid as possible.
Tuition rates vary by program and student level. However, most resident undergraduate rates will rise by 2.8%. Increases for full-time resident undergraduates range from $180-$483 per term. Most non-resident undergraduate rates will increase by 3.5%. Full-time non-resident undergraduate students will see an increase of $670-$1047 per term. Rates for most graduate programs will go up by 3.0%. Room and Board is separately assessed and will increase at a rate of 3.0%.
It is important to note that this message is not a bill. The email notification for the official bill will be sent the second week in August with payment due for the Fall Term on August 31.
The recently released Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Lists shows that the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor has had increases in tuition and fees over the past three years that are lower than 519 of the approximately 650 public four-year universities in the country, and increases in net price (tuition and fees net of financial aid) lower than 567 of them. We have consistently boosted financial aid for students with demonstrated need from year to year, and this year's budget includes a 10.1% increase in centrally awarded financial aid for undergraduates.
We are mindful of the effects that the continued economic climate may have on our students and their families. If your circumstances have changed, or change over the next year, you may be eligible for assistance even if your family has not qualified for financial aid in the past. For detailed information regarding financial aid, please see the Office of Financial Aid.
The annual appropriation from the State of Michigan plays a key role in setting tuition and fees. We are appreciative that this year's state appropriation reflects a modest increase of 1.6% However, this increase comes on the heels of a longer-term trend of reductions in our state appropriation, including the historic reduction in FY2012 of $47.5 million. Overall, our state appropriation has declined by more than 50% per student over the past decade, adjusting for inflation.
In this context, we have worked diligently to operate more efficiently, and our on-going cost containment measures will continue to be implemented to enable continued investments in the academic enterprise and increased financial aid. For additional information on these efforts, please see the Michigan Model for Financial Strategy and Cost Control.
Your tuition helps support the quality teaching, learning opportunities, undergraduate research experience and respected scholarship that make a University of Michigan education one of the best in the world. Through prudent fiscal management, we are committed to continuing to provide the highest quality education to our students, preparing them to be leaders in the 21st century.
I hope that you are enjoying the summer and are looking forward to the start of the academic year.
Philip J. Hanlon
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
For additional information, please see
- Cost Containment
- Financial Aid
- Room & Board
- Student Financial Services
- Tuition and Fees
- Tuition History (PDF)
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