Tuition & Financial Aid
Earning a master’s degree from the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) is an investment in your future. We know grad school is expensive, which is why we are committed to helping you manage the cost of your SEAS education. If you have questions about financing your graduate degree after reviewing this page, reach out to us at email@example.com.
Rates reflect tuition and fees for the entire 2023-2024 academic year.
|Out-of-state and international students||$54,720|
Visit the U-M Office of the Registrar for additional information including tuition and fees per term or part-time schedule.
Estimated budgets reflect a modest-but-adequate expense pattern of U-M students based on Office of Financial Aid research.
|Books and Supplies||$1,242 (Costs vary by specialization, course load, and selected courses)|
|Housing and Meals||$17,780|
|Personal and Miscellaneous Expenses||$6,904*|
|International Student Fee||$1,000 (Learn more about this fee.)|
|Total||$25,926 (International students: $26,926)|
*Living expenses are the most variable part of a student’s budget. You can reduce costs through cohabitation, eating at home, and using the university’s many resources from fitness facilities to computer labs.
A variety of resources exist to help finance your graduate degree and to help lower research expenses during your time as a student. Funding exists in the following forms:
- One time, partial tuition scholarships are offered at the time of admission (not all students receive scholarships)
- Potential salary support for professional internships
- Honors Awards recognizing outstanding achievements in specific areas
- Travel support for presentations at conferences, symposia and professional development meetings
- Funds to cover travel-related to master’s projects, practica, or theses
Applying for external funding (see database link below) is strongly encouraged. Due to limited funding sources, we are unable to offer partial tuition scholarships to meet the full demonstrated need of all of our students.
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.
University of Michigan Ph.D. students have one of the strongest compensation packages in the United States.
Students admitted to the SEAS PhD program, receive five academic years of tuition support (four pre-candidate semesters and six candidate semesters), along with Gradcare health insurance, which covers five academic school years and four summers. You will also receive a monthly stipend equivalent to a 50% Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) appointment for the duration of your program. While stipends are benchmarked to GSI rates, students typically have a combination of fellowship funding (e.g., non-service), GSI appointments, Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) appointments, and external funding sources. The stipend amount for 2023-2024 is roughly $3,247.50 per month.
As a stipulation of the “full funding” package, you are expected to make satisfactory progress toward your degree enrolled as a full-time student.
Federal and University Financial Aid
Funding considers financial need and sources include grants, loans, and student employment. A completed FAFSA is required.
SEAS Funding (January 15th Deadline)
January 15: Application Deadline
- These merit scholarships are awarded by the school, generally at the time of admission.
- Master's applicants must apply by this deadline to be considered for SEAS funding. Ninety percent of SEAS financial aid is awarded through this process.
GSA Student Employment (Early October and Late February Deadlines)
Early October and late February: GSI application period.
- These competitive positions—Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA), Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA)—often include a full-tuition waiver, health and dental benefits, and a monthly stipend.
- For GSI positions, the application process is similar to an application for any other employment. Read the position description carefully and use your cover letter wisely. Make it easy for reviewers to connect the relevant dots across your résumé, transcripts, and other materials by calling out your qualifications in your cover letter. Request to meet with faculty; some will likely accept your invitation.
- The final hiring decision for a GSI position is NOT up to the individual faculty member, but rather is determined by a separate authority, typically either a review committee or an assistant dean. In addition, many of the SEAS graduate-level courses require that you have taken the course before becoming a GSI. The likelihood of obtaining a position increases the longer you are here. You must be a matriculated student and be enrolled to apply and/or be eligible for positions.
- GSRA positions are not posted or advertised; professors with grant funds will handpick their researchers.
Fastweb, Pivot, and SPIN are three popular clearinghouses for student-centered grants offered by independent organizations.
Rackham Funding (Scholarships, Fellowships, Travel)
Similar to SEAS funding, these competitive grants are offered by the Rackham Graduate School.