The university has a long-standing commitment to make higher education more accessible to individual students. Various types of aid are available in the form of loans; work-study; scholarships, grants, and fellowships; and alternative payment options. We also encourage you to refer to the Michigan Engineering Funding page and the Office of Financial Aid website for additional information on graduate financial aid.
It is expected that Doctoral students are funded throughout their degree. The Design Science program has limited one year fellowships, so doctoral students are expected to seek certified funding for their dissertation studies. Financial support can come from research projects of potential faculty advisors, NSF or other scholarships, U-M fellowships and other financial aid. Students without a clear certified financial support plan will not be admitted to the program.
Tips to Make Your Financial Aid Application Process Run Smoothly
- Apply for aid early, read everything the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) sends to you, and respond quickly to any requests for additional documents. To be considered for all financial aid programs for which you are eligible, apply by the priority application deadline.
- Maintain a file of your financial aid materials.
- Keep your current (local) and permanent addresses up-to-date in Wolverine Access. Also be aware that we will send important notices to your umich e-mail account (current U-M students only).
- Keep track of your submitted documents and your financial aid disbursements using Wolverine Access (current U-M students only).
- If you have questions, send an email, call, or visit OFA to talk with a financial aid counselor.
Sources of Financial Aid
Many private scholarships for college students are offered each year by a variety of corporate, professional, trade, government, civic, religious, social, and fraternal organizations. These scholarships can range in amount from small honorariums to thousands of dollars. To be considered, students must meet the eligibility criteria specified by the donor and complete the donor's scholarship application.
Federal Direct PLUS Loan for Graduate Students (Grad PLUS)
Recent legislation now allows graduate students to borrow through the Federal Direct PLUS program. The Grad PLUS program is a non-need-based federal loan with a fixed interest rate. Graduate students can borrow up to the full cost of attendance minus any other financial aid they are receiving.
Federal Direct Stafford Loans
The University of Michigan participates in the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program. Federal loans are funds borrowed from the federal government. The funds must be repaid, with interest, after you are no longer a student. To qualify for the loan, you must be enrolled at least part-time in a degree or certificate program.
CEW assists students to complete their education, make career decisions, develop professionally, and balance school with other family and life responsibilities. In addition, CEW offers scholarships for returning women students at the University of Michigan and emergency grants for U-M graduate students.
Post 9/11 GI Bill
The Department of Veteran Affairs provides tuition assistance for individuals who have at least 90 days of active service on or after Sept 11, 2001.
Other Possible Sources for Engineering Fellowships
The College of Engineering has identified a list of fellowships that have been identified as being relevant for Engineering graduate students.
NOTE: Short-term and certificate only programs do not qualify for federal financial aid. Federal financial aid only applies to degree-granting programs.