Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

University of Michigan-Dearborn Employee Scholarship

Overview and Guidelines

The University of Michigan-Dearborn provides a scholarship valued at 25% of tuition and fees for all U-M employees (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint & Health System). The scholarship is available for degree-seeking students and can be used for undergraduate and graduate programs.

This scholarship will work in conjunction and in addition to the 75% tuition and fees provided  with U-M Tuition Support Policy ( to equal 100% tuition and fee support up to the approved departmental support.  However, there is not a limit to the number of credit hours per term for the scholarship.  UM-Dearborn must receive the Department Authorization Form (below) from the student to process the tuition reimbursement as per the SPG.  Students are also eligible to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and receive consideration for financial aid. 

Employees must be appointed as a regular (not temporary) part time and/or full time staff/faculty at the University of Michigan (at a 50% and higher appointment) and are required to complete the University of Michigan-Dearborn Staff Tuition Support Form each term.

These employees shall be allowed to enroll in any undergraduate or graduate course at UM-Dearborn for which they have the appropriate prerequisites, under the following conditions:

1.      Employees are required to apply for this scholarship through UM-Dearborn’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships ( using the UM-Dearborn Staff Tuition Support Form. As needed, the Human Resources department will provide confidential staff and faculty employment verification (active status, regular appointment confirmation and effort level) to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to assist in determining an applicant’s eligibility.  The deadline to submit the UM-Dearborn Staff Tuition Support Form is no later than the first day of the term.

2.      Courses taken under the UM-Dearborn Employee Scholarship program may be taken on a matriculated basis. The participant shall meet all degree admission and eligibility requirements of the University in effect at the time of enrollment. Guest and doctoral students are not eligible.  Only students who are enrolled in degree seeking programs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn may be considered.

3.      The UM-Dearborn Employee Scholarship will be applied to tuition and fees only. All other educational costs are the responsibility of the student.

4.      The applied UM-Dearborn Employee Scholarship precedes any other institutional scholarship or grant aid awarded to the participant. Institutional scholarships of greater value or that offer greater flexibility in terms will supersede the UM-Dearborn Employee Scholarship.

5.      There is no limit to the number of credits which may be taken each semester under the UM-Dearborn Employee Scholarship program.

6.      Participants shall be subject to all applicable academic policies governing students at UM-Dearborn.

7.      The UM-Dearborn Employee Scholarship will be evaluated on a regular basis (minimally, every 2 years) to determine whether the scholarship shall be continued. Strong consideration for continuing the program will be based upon enrollment data that is indicative of tuition revenue and enrollment growth as a result of the scholarship.


  • Eligibility begins on an employee’s first day of regular employment at U-M.
  • Employees are required to apply in advance to receive the scholarship award for future semesters, not retroactively. 
  • If a staff or faculty member separates employment prior to the beginning of a semester, the University reserves the right to revoke or not award the UM-Dearborn Employee Scholarship. If an employee separates employment after the begin date of a semester, the UM-Dearborn Employee Scholarship will continue through that semester.

Process for Consideration and Continued Eligibility

  • In addition to applying for admission via Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions and being accepted to the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the student must submit the UM-Dearborn Staff Tuition Support  Form to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships  to be considered for the UM-Dearborn Employee Scholarship.
  • If the employing department changes or does not wish to pay for the U-M tuition support, the student is required to send an updated UM-Dearborn Staff Tuition Support Form.
  • To maintain this scholarship, the recipient must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Overview of the Process

1.      The employee applies for admission, and if criteria are met, is admitted.

2.      The employee submits the UM-Dearborn Staff Tuition Support Form to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships ( each term to be considered for the U-M Employee Scholarship.

3.      The employee, must follow the approval process and requirements of their respective U-M department and the SPG for departmental reimbursement.

4.      Typically, 10 days before the start of a semester, 25% of the tuition and fees will be automatically calculated and posted to the student's account.  An estimated amount may be posted prior to this date.  The value of the scholarship is based on 25% of tuition and fees for all courses enrolled.  The amount of the scholarship is subject to change based on any changes in class schedule or employment.

5.      Typically, 10 days before the start of a semester, Student Accounts will post the U-M department paid portion (75% of tuition).  This amount is subject to change depending on enrollment.  UM-Dearborn Student Accounts will charge the appropriate U-M departments after the appropriate class grades have been verified.  If the required grad (as per SPG 201.69) is not achieve, the department tuition support will be reversed (not the U-M Employee Scholarship).

6.      The employee will be required to pay their portion by the due date (  Questions about the employee amount owed, should be directed to Student Accounts. 

Contact for additional information:

Sabrina Guyton at