Financial Aid

Many resources exist to help finance your graduate degree and offset the cost of attendance. SEAS offers select financial grants to incoming and continuing students. Funding may be designated for a variety of purposes.

  • Offsets cost of tuition and fees

  • Provides salary for professional internships

  • Recognizes outstanding achievements in specific areas

  • Supports travel for presentations at conferences, symposia and professional development meetings

  • Funds off-site research

  • Covers some costs incurred completing master’s projects, practica, or theses

Select financial assistance for incoming and continuing students is available directly from SEAS. Additional fellowships are available through the Rackham Graduate School and other units within the University of Michigan. Interested students may also apply for external funding, including student loans.

Getting Started

Your application to SEAS serves as your application for our recruitment tuition grants. These are competitive, merit-based, non-renewable grants. The majority of financial recruitment offers each academic year will be made by mid-March. Additional funding opportunities from SEAS and U-M will be available after you accept admission.

The links below, including the SEAS Funding Database, are meant to help you find funding opportunities. You can expand your search by visiting Fastweb, Pivot, SPIN, or another clearinghouse for student-centered grants.



Categories of Aid

Fellowships/Scholarships Payments to the student that need not be repaid.
Loans Payments to the student that must be repaid with interest. They are offered through the United States government and private lenders.
GSA Student Employment

May include full-tuition waiver, health and dental benefits, and a monthly stipend. There are three types of appointments:

  1. Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) provides instruction in courses designed and supervised by faculty. Appointments are for one term. Time commitment varies by department and course.
  2. Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) works on funded research projects under faculty supervision. Most appointments are for one term.
  3. Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA) completes administrative assignments under supervision of faculty or staff. Appointments are for one term.

Of the SEAS Master’s April 2019 graduates, 55% secured a GSI/GSRA appointment at some point during their college career at SEAS. 
It is not typical for an incoming student to receive a GSA appointment within SEAS their first year. Many of the SEAS graduate-level courses require that you’ve taken the course before being appointed as a GSI. The likelihood increases the longer you’re here.

Student Hourly Employment  This includes 1) hourly part-time work; 2) work study, which is partially funded by the federal government. To qualify, students must have a work study allocation as part of their funding package. International students are not eligible. Check with SEAS faculty regarding hourly employment.
International Students
Additional resources:

Office of Academic Programs / 1520 Dana / (734) 764-6453 /