Regents approve UM-Dearborn budget and extension of Go Blue Guarantee

June 17, 2021

The Go Blue Guarantee will be available for qualifying current and new students beginning Fall 2021

Chancellor's Pond in the summer
Chancellor's Pond in the summer

The Board of Regents affirmed University of Michigan-Dearborn’s commitment to student success, academic excellence and creating access and opportunity for qualified students, with the approval of the university’s $155 million 2021-2022 general fund operating budget on June 17.

The FY '22 budget includes a 1.9 percent tuition increase, which aligns with the Higher Education Price Index and is well below what the state of Michigan is expected to set as a cap on how much universities can increase tuition this year. Campus leaders said the increase is the lowest possible to maintain the academic excellence expected at UM-Dearborn. 

“As UM-Dearborn continues to be challenged to serve students with limited state support, maintaining the excellence of our education programs and ensuring access to the university are among our top priorities,'' said Domenico Grasso, chancellor, UM-Dearborn. “Accordingly, we continually increase financial aid awards for students for merit and demonstrated financial need with approximately 88 percent of our state of Michigan appropriation going directly to students via financial aid.”

The Regents also extended the Go Blue Guarantee – U-M’s landmark promise of four years of free tuition for high-achieving in-state undergraduate students from low-income backgrounds – to the Dearborn and Flint campuses. 

Beginning this fall, full-time, high-achieving undergraduate in-state students attending UM-Dearborn will automatically qualify for the award if they have a family income of $65,000 or less and assets below $50,000. 

In addition to meeting the income and asset provisions, incoming first-time college students need a high school GPA of at least 3.5 to qualify for the Go Blue Guarantee and will be eligible for up to eight semesters of free tuition. Incoming transfer students need a transfer GPA of at least 3.5 and will be eligible for up to four semesters of free tuition. Returning students at UM-Dearborn who have not exceeded the semester limit as noted will be eligible starting this fall and must have a GPA of at least 3.0. Program specifics are available on the UM-Dearborn Go Blue Guarantee website with additional information added as it becomes available.

The initiative is supported at UM-Dearborn by a lead gift from Kathy and Jim Hackett.

“Our campus has been piloting this program for the past year. Today’s announcement of the extension of the Go Blue Guarantee to UM-Dearborn will allow us to continue our efforts to focus on providing an accessible University of Michigan education to high-achieving students throughout southeast Michigan,” said Grasso. “We are grateful for the leadership of President Schlissel, the Regents and our philanthropic partners on bringing this important initiative to our campus.” 

“The Flint and Dearborn campuses are incredibly important to the university as a whole, and the extension of the Go Blue Guarantee to these hardworking and intelligent students is very well deserved,” said Michael J. Behm, regent, University of Michigan. “Thanks to President Schlissel and Chancellors Grasso and Dutta for working tirelessly to make a U of M education a reality for so many young citizens of the state of Michigan.”

Last year, UM-Dearborn introduced a block tuition structure to encourage undergraduate students to take increased course loads and graduate more quickly and economically. 

With the 1.9 percent increase in tuition, full-time, in-state, undergraduate students will see a $264 annual increase to $13,816. Out-of-state undergraduate students will see tuition and fees at $28,048, or about $528 more than last year. Graduate students will see an increase of about $180 annually, for in-state students, or $336 annually, for out-of-state students, for the typical part-time (6 credit hours per term) graduate rate.  

The university will continue to charge the reduced registration fee of $200 per semester introduced last year. 

“The university community has worked hard throughout the past year to be more efficient, reduce expenses and keep our tuition increase as low as possible,” Grasso said. “These changes enabled us to successfully manage our resources during the pandemic and present the Regents with a balanced budget for fiscal year 2022 with a focus on student success.” 

The Understanding Tuition area of the UM-Dearborn website has been updated to reflect the 2022 budget information. 


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