Financial Aid

Figuring out how to finance your education can be an overwhelming process, but we are here to help. 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. Additional grants 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. For more information, click on the buttons below or go to Forms/Handbooks/Policies.

Getting Started

Your application to SEAS serves as your application for our recruitment tuition grants. These are competitive, merit-based, one-time, non-renewable grants. Additional funding opportunities from SEAS and U-M will be available after you accept admission. The majority of financial recruitment offers each academic year will be made by mid-March. SEAS encourages you to review our Funding Opportunities and Funding-Related Links. You can further supplement your search by visiting Fastweb, Pivot, SPIN or another clearinghouse for student-centered grants. Funding offered by U-M, SEAS and external organizations:

  • Offsets cost of tuition and fees
  • Helps cover living expenses
  • 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
  • Cover some costs incurred completing master’s projects, practica or theses


Categories of Aid

Grants 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.
Student Hourly Employment

Two types of hourly support:

  1. Hourly: Part-time work.
  2. Work study: Hourly support partially funded by the federal government. Students must have a work study allocation as part of their funding package. International students are not eligible.
International Students
Doctoral Students Internal and external doctoral funding sources.

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