Costs, residency, and funding opportunities

Tuition and residency

Each year, the University of Michigan Board of Regents establishes tuition and fees for the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. 

Tuition and fees differ for in-state (Michigan resident) and out-of-state students. Residency policies are established by the University of Michigan. The criteria for establishing residency are quite complex and students should direct questions to the University’s Residency Classification Office, which is part of the Office of the Registrar.

Click here to review tuition and fees for the current academic year. Note: Dual degree master's students enrolled in more than one school or college pay the higher tuition rate for all credits elected.

Estimated cost

In addition to tuition and fees, students should budget for housing, food, books, supplies, and other personal costs. Based on 2019 tuition and fee figures, we estimate the cost per academic year below. Note: Dual degree master's students enrolled in more than one school or college pay the higher tuition rate for all credits elected.

Per academic year, based on 2020 undergraduate and graduate figures

Undergraduate

In-state

Out-of-state

Tuition and fees

$17,948

$55,928

Housing and food

$11,996

$11,996

Books and supplies

$1,048

$1,048

Personal and miscellaneous

$2,454

$2,454

Total cost

$33,446

$71,426

Graduate

In-state

Out-of-state

Tuition and fees

$29,000

$50,994

Housing and food

$16,426

$16,426

Books and supplies

$1,192

$1,192

Personal and miscellaneous

$6,574

$6,574

Total cost

$54,092

$75,186

Explore funding opportunities

Obtaining a degree is a substantial investment of time and resources, but many students are able to secure funding through fellowships, scholarships, internship stipends, grants, work-study positions, graduate teaching assistantships, and more. Explore opportunities below.

Financial aid

The University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid administers all federal student assistance programs including federal and private loans, grants, and work-study eligibility. In addition, the office administers a number of special awards (e.g. for students who majored in specific fields or who come from a particular geographic area) and students are encouraged to explore these possibilities. The programs administered by the Office of Financial Aid require specific applications.

You may also contact the office by phone at 734-763-6600 or by email at financial.aid@umich.edu.