What UM-Dearborn Costs

Learn what expenses make up a budget in financial aid

The cost of attendance or budget in a financial aid award is made up of five expenses:

 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are based on full-time enrollment, defined as 12 or more credit hours per term for undergraduate students. Those electing fewer than 12 credit hours are charged on a per-credit-hour basis. For financial aid eligibility, full-time for graduate students is defined as 8 credit hours per term. Current tuition and fees for all UM-Dearborn Schools and Colleges are available from the Office of the Registrar.

Books

Costs of books vary by program, course load, and selected classes. Book cost can be reduced by comparing prices, buying used books, renting books or using the university's library.

Current books budget is $1,300 per academic year. 

Housing and Food
  • Are you planning on living off campus? The financial aid budget allows for off-campus rent and food costs based on average costs . Your costs will depend on housing arrangements and lifestyle, so carefully evaluate your options. If you live off-campus, you pay your rent directly to a landlord. Plan accordingly, since you will have four months’ rent to pay for the semester. If you live off-campus, you may save money by having roommates. The allowance for off-campus living is $9,048 per academic year (two semesters Fall and Winter.)

 

 

  • Commuting from home. Students who commute will reduce room and board costs significantly. The allowance for commuting students is $2226 for the academic year to acknowledge ongoing family  expenses and should not be considered to be a single bill that is paid directly to a landlord.
Transportation

Current transportation budget is $1,876 per academic year. This allowance is based on the average distance a student may travel to and from campus each week by using the U.S. Mileage Allowance. 

Miscellaneous

This category includes other student expenses such cell phone bills, clothes, personal hygiene, student insurance and entertainment. This is the most variable part of a student's budget. The financial aid budget allows about $1,400 per academic year. Set an allowance, track expenses and stick to your budget of about $46 per week.

Quick View of Average Full-Time Costs 2020-2021

  Resident Non-Resident

Freshman/Sophomore

   
At Home $20,448 $34,416
Off Campus $27,234 $41,202
View the Freshman/Sophomore Total Budget    

Junior/Senior

   
At Home    
Business $24,348 $38,316
Education, Health, and Human Services $20,838 $34,806
Engineering and Computer Science $23,438 $37,406
Arts, Sciences, Letters $20,838 $34,806
Off Campus    
Business $31,134 $45,102
Education, Health, and Human Services $27,624 $41,592
Engineering and Computer Science $30,224 $44,192
Arts, Sciences, Letters $27,624 $41,592
View the Junior/Senior Total Budget    

Graduate

Business $24,182 $30,461
Education, Health, and Human Services $22,182 $28,452
Engineering and Computer Science $24,182 $30,461
Arts, Sciences, Letters $22,182 $28,452
View the Graduate Total Budget    

Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

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