Your Game Plan
Figuring out how to finance your education can be an overwhelming process, and we are here to help at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS).
Internal and external resources exist to finance your graduate degree. Funding may be designated for a variety of purposes. 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.
Federal Work-Study & Loans (FAFSA)
Federal Work-Study & Loans (FAFSA) aid is administered by the University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid.
To be considered for FAFSA, complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) now. The University of Michigan school code for your FAFSA application is 002325. U-M Financial Aid will post an online award notification to your student account once your application is processed.
Federal aid is only available to US citizens and permanent residents.
University of Michigan Financial Aid Central Office Contact
University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid
SEAS Funding Opportunities
SEAS offers a variety of funding opportunities to first-year master’s students. These include the Ann Arbor Farm & Garden Club Scholarship, the Dow Sustainability Fellowship, the Wyss Scholarship, SEAS Travel Grants, and Honor Awards.
Please utilize the SEAS funding sources webpage for a catalog of these funding opportunities.
Mark Romanowski, SEAS Fellowships and Grants Advisor, is available to discuss the GSI & GSRA hiring processes:
GSI & GSRA Positions
SEAS students frequently pursue Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) positions and/or Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) positions.
To be eligible for these competitive positions, a student must be enrolled in a SEAS degree program, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be in good academic standing.
GSI and GSRA appointments are unionized positions, secured on a term-by-term basis, and provide a full-tuition waiver, monthly stipend, and health insurance. Most positions require 20 hours of work per week.
The applications for Fall GSI appointments open in March and the applications for Winter GSI appointments open in October.
To pursue a GSI position:
- Let the faculty instructor know you are interested
- Keep an eye out for an announcement from SEAS about the GSI application period
- Apply for GSI positions just as you would for a job
- Conduct phone or in-person interviews, if asked of you
- Seek positions related to your undergraduate degree and coursework
- Draft a strong cover letter, highlighting any prior teaching experience
- Attach teaching evaluations to your application, if applicable
Most students do not obtain GSI positions for their first semester. However, the likelihood of receiving a position increases the longer a student is enrolled at SEAS. Most GSI positions are held by second-year students.
You may be eligible to apply for GSI positions hosted outside of SEAS. The following units have hired SEAS students to serve as GSIs in the past:
- Program in the Environment (PitE)
All GSI positions are advertised on careers.umich.edu.
GSRA positions are not posted, as they must be secured directly through individual faculty members. These positions are funded by faculty research grants. SEAS has, on average, 20 students serving as a GSRA each term.
Mark Romanowski, SEAS fellowship and grants advisor, is available to discuss the GSI & GSRA hiring processes:
Rackham Graduate School offers a variety of fellowship competitions, including the:
- Rackham Non-traditional Fellowship
- Rackham International Student Fellowship
- Rackham Barbour Scholarship
Students may also apply for conference travel and research funding through Rackham.
For more information, please feel free to contact the Rackham Fellowship Office:
Rackham Fellowship Office
Admitted, incoming, and current SEAS students may also opt to apply for external funding through third parties. These funding opportunities are provided by nonprofits, civic organizations, government entities, foundations, public charities, and corporations.
Please utilize the SEAS external funding sources webpage for a catalog of these funding opportunities.
Cost of Attendance
Information regarding cost of attendance can be found on the following website (rates for the subsequent year typically become available in July): https://finaid.umich.edu/cost-of-attendance/
How to estimate costs can be found at: https://npc.collegeboard.org/app/umich
GSI/GSRA Appointment Processing, Fellowships, Travel Grants, Master's Project Grants, Master's Thesis Grants, and Master's Practicum Grants. For federal loans and work study information, please contact U-M Financial Aid.