Paying for College

Value of a University of Michigan-Dearborn Degree

UM-Dearborn makes a Michigan degree accessible and affordable. College is an investment in your future, and we recognize the importance of choosing a university that offers you a return on that investment. Our financial aid model is needs-first and our students graduate with the second-lowest amount of debt among the 15 public universities in our state. With 90% of our students receiving financial aid, we are laser focused on helping our students get a jump-start on success by launching their careers with little to no debt.

Tuition and Fee Estimates

The full cost of attendance breakdown can be found on our Cost of Attendance website.

Financial Aid

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88% of incoming students receive some form of financial aid to help them enroll in and graduate from college.

Financial Aid is any source of funds available to help you pay for college. Whether you’re an incoming or a current student, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is here to help you discover ways to pay for college through federal, state, university, and private sources. OFAS maintains multiple financial aid resources that are used to help pay for tuition, books, and other cost of living expenses.

File the FAFSA and Get Help Paying for School

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your key to need-based financial aid like scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans. It's money from the government and University of Michigan-Dearborn to help you pay for college.

Below provides a timeline.

Additional Types of Financial Aid

The Go Blue Guarantee, University of Michigan's landmark promise of free tuition for high-achieving in-state undergraduate students from qualifying backgrounds, is applicable to Dearborn Wolverines. Learn more about the Go Blue Guarantee, and see just how affordable it can be to earn the Michigan degree from our campus.

Return on Your Investment at UM-Dearborn

The earning power of a University of Michigan degree is continuously proven true by our esteemed alumni. When comparing faculty, quality of education, programs, student life, scholarships, and financial aid, the MICHIGAN degree offers a significant return on investment.

2nd Lowest amount of student debt after graduation among 15 Michigan public universities

Amount of student loan debt after graduation among 15 Michigan public universities.

Source: Project on Student Debt, an initiative of the Institute for College Access

See How We Compare

Learn about the advantages of earning a Michigan degree at UM-Dearborn!

With our metropolitan connections, we are a great destination for developing the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary for a bright future. See how we compare among the other 14 public Michigan Universities below.

UniversityGPA AverageIn-State Tuition*
UM-Ann Arbor3.9$16,404
Michigan Tech3.8$17,296
Michigan State3.7$15,436
Central Michigan3.5$13,200
Western Michigan3.5$13,850
Grand Valley State3.6$13,952
Wayne State3.4$14,464
Saginaw Valley State3.5$10,800
Northern Michigan3.3$12,648
Eastern Michigan3.4$14,555
Lake Superior State3.2$13,440
Ferris State3.3$13,076

*In-State Tuition based on 2022-2023 Guide To Admissions: Michigan's Public Universities, Promoting the Publics (

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