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About Tuition 2012-13

A Message to Students

Dear Students:

Today, the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved a 3.7 percent increase in undergraduate and graduate tuition for students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn beginning with the Fall 2012 semester. Graduate studentsí tuition and fees will vary by program.  This is the lowest tuition increase since the 2004-05 school year.

It is always a difficult decision to raise tuition and UM-Dearborn is working to help minimize any tuition increase we pass along to our students. This year, an increase in state funding directly impacted the universityís tuition rates and led to a lower tuition increase than in years past. Still, state funding covers just 19 percent of the universityís general budget.

The value of a Michigan degree has never been more important in making a difference in your future and the future of our community. UM-Dearborn has not compromised academic programs, the quality of our outstanding faculty or our robust learning environment. Through prudent fiscal management, we are committed to maintaining the high standards of the university and to supporting its priorities and initiatives, including financial aid, which will help prepare you for success.

Many factors are considered when setting tuition rates. To better help you understand what tuition pays for, how state funding impacts Michiganís 15 public universities, how UM-Dearbornís tuition increase compares to other state universities and what UM-Dearborn is doing to help save money, we have created a special Web page. I encourage you to visit to better understand the tuition rate setting process.

UM-Dearborn has many resources available to help offset the cost of tuition. The university has increased its financial support budget by 15 percent for the upcoming academic year. I encourage you to visit our website,, or visit the Financial Aid office to learn more about financial aid and scholarships.

Thank you for being a valued member of the University of Michigan-Dearborn community.


Stanley E. Henderson
Vice Chancellor
Enrollment Management & Student Life