UM-Dearborn Go Blue Guarantee Program Information
The Go Blue Guarantee makes an education on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus more affordable for residents of Michigan. If you qualify, your financial aid will include scholarships and grants totaling at least the cost of tuition and mandatory university fees assessed each semester. Your financial aid may contain a variety of funding (Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant, State of Michigan Competitive Scholarship, institutional scholarships and grants, and non-UM tuition scholarships and grants). These, together, make up the Go Blue Guarantee.
About the Go Blue Guarantee
UM-Dearborn will pay full undergraduate tuition and mandatory university fees students who:
- are eligible for in-state tuition
- are eligible to apply for financial aid
- have family incomes of $75,000 or less and assets below $50,000
- are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree
- are enrolled full-time
- meet the admission requirements of 3.5 GPA (and will be required to maintain least a 3.0 GPA to have renewed).
Income and assets are verified each academic year based on FAFSA, and the Guarantee requires students to apply for financial aid. First-year students are eligible for up to four years (8 semesters) and transfers are eligible for up to two years (4 semesters).
UM-Dearborn considers all sources of tuition funding, grants, and scholarship assistance when determining eligibility for the Go Blue Guarantee. For example, if you have a Federal Pell Grant, Michigan Competitive Scholarship, Wolverine Pathways or HAIL, these resources would be totaled and we would cover any gap between that and the cost of tuition.
As approved by the U-M Board of Regents, the Go Blue Guarantee is effective beginning in the Fall 2021 semester. It will be incorporated into the financial aid notification process each academic year.
- First Year Students (As of Fall 2021) : Tuition is covered for up to four academic years (or eight terms) of undergraduate education, if you qualify each academic year.
- Transfer Students (As of Fall 2021): Tuition is covered for up to two academic years (or four terms) of undergraduate education, if you qualify each academic year.
- Continuing Students (Enrolled prior to Fall 2021): Tuition is covered for any remaining terms you have under the above conditions. For example, a Fall 2020 new admit, will have 6 semesters of eligibility or 2 semesters if enrolled as a transfer student. A transfer student admitted Winter 2021, will have 3 semesters of eligibility remaining.
If you attend beyond this specified time, tuition will not be covered as part of this program. However, you may qualify for other need-based assistance to help with your tuition expense.
UM-Dearborn in-state resident undergraduates earning their first degree who are enrolled full-time and who meet the GPA, income and asset provisions noted would be eligible. Students must apply each year for financial aid and meet financial aid eligibility requirements to be considered. Continuing students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress to receive any financial aid from UM-Dearborn.
Income and Assets
What does UM-Dearborn consider when looking at student and family income?
We use information from the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and sometimes request other documents to verify information.
What assets are used when considering eligibility for the Go Blue Guarantee?
We consider assets as defined by what is reported on the FAFSA. Additional information is available in the Federal Student Aid website.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Your eligibility is reviewed each year, in addition to maintaining a 3.0 GPA, you and your family must meet the income and asset criteria. You must complete the FAFSA each year (opens each October 1st for the following year). Family financial situations can affect this tuition program.
Yes. Your FAFSA will be reviewed each year for the Go Blue Guarantee program, up to a total of four years for first year and two years for transfers. Students may demonstrate eligibility for the Go Blue Guarantee in one, two, three, or all four years.
The Go Blue Guarantee program will assist eligible students enrolled in their first Bachelor's Degree (undergraduate) program.
If we have requested additional information, your tuition funding is contingent on you providing this information for our review. If the information submitted is different from what was reported to us originally, your funding may change.
No. You must be enrolled full-time on the Dearborn campus to receive the U-M Go Blue Guarantee for tuition.
Your eligibility will be reviewed for each academic year (fall and winter semesters) in which you enroll. If you take a semester, or year, off to pursue some other interest, your eligibility will be again determined upon your return to the University of Michigan-Dearborn, up to a maximum of two years (for transfer students) or four years (for first-year students).
No. You must be earning a first bachelor’s degree to be considered and to qualify. Students who are completing a second bachelor's degree may be eligible for federal student loans, up to the aggregate borrowing maximum for undergraduate students. Second bachelor degree students may also be eligible for private educational loans and scholarship assistance.
Full Time transfer students admitted with a transfer GPA of at least 3.5 are eligible. Your eligibility will be considered automatically when you complete the FAFSA and your family income and assets are considered. Transfer students may be eligible for up to four semesters of free tuition.
Yes. When determining the total length of enrollment, enrollment at another institution will be included. For example, after you attend, if you take a year off to enroll at a school, your enrollment will be included when evaluating future eligibility for the Go Blue Guarantee.
The Go Blue Guarantee will not be automatically offered during summer periods of enrollment. Students planning to attend summer full-time (at least 12 credits) may request one of their terms of eligibility be used for summer enrollment.
Other grants and scholarships, such as the federal Pell and SEOG grants, and some UM-Dearborn funded scholarships contribute to this tuition program. In these cases, UM-Dearborn makes up the difference and covers a student’s full tuition using the Go Blue Guarantee.
If you have had a change in your financial circumstances not reflected on the FAFSA, there is a special circumstances appeal process to document those changes to determine if any changes to the income and assets would result in changes to eligibility.
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