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About Tuition 2012-13

Dear Colleagues:

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. This amounts to an approximate $188 increase per semester for the typical lower-division undergraduate student. The cost of tuition and fees for graduate students varies from program to program. This is the lowest tuition increase since the 2004-05 school year.

The campus has been very consistent in keeping our budget priorities clearly in mind. We are committed to maintaining academic quality, preserving student accessibility through financial aid and ensuring a fair and productive learning and working environment for our faculty, staff and students. I am confident that the budget we presented to the Regents today achieves each of these priorities.

Highlights of the UM-Dearborn 2012-13 operating budget include a 15 percent increase in financial support, a two-percent investment in a faculty and staff salary program, budget allocations to encourage enrollment growth in all four academic units, the final installment of a two-year phase-in of debt service for the Science Building capital outlay renovation project and restoration of appropriate budget contingency. Our budget is lean and reflective of our detailed efforts to effectively and efficiently maintain the successful operation of the campus.

The difficult work of providing a high-quality education in a challenging financial environment is likely to continue. The governor, state legislature and Michigan residents continue the hard work of returning our state to prosperity. This year, we are grateful for the state appropriation increase of 4.2 percent­—or $882,500­—following last year’s decline of 15 percent in state funding. This increase in state funding directly impacted the university’s tuition rates and led to a lower tuition increase than in years past. We look forward to working in partnership with elected officials because we know affordable, accessible higher education is important to the future of Michigan.

The university has redirected nearly $7 million from its operating budget over the past nine years to support expenditures of the highest priority. In the current year, we will identify an additional $499,000 in budget savings to continue to support those priorities.  Savings have resulted from continued energy conservation measures, increased employee health care contributions and streamlining purchasing practices with the Ann Arbor and Flint campuses.

Moving forward, as we look to expand our reach and increase student enrollment, each of us plays a part in strengthening the university. The university’s new budget model supports this idea, more closely aligning revenues earned by each academic unit to their budget. This will ensure that our academic mission is fully funded and tuition dollars are linked to instruction. 

To help the UM-Dearborn community understand the difficult decision to increase tuition, information has been posted to our website – I encourage you to visit the site to better understand the university’s budgeting and tuition rate setting process.

The value of a Michigan degree has never been more important in making a difference for our students and community. Thank you for your continued support. Your dedication to education, our students and university priorities is greatly appreciated.


Daniel Little