Michigan Residents

You Can Go Blue

Many students and families across the country are concerned about the rising cost of college. Before you make any major decisions about your future, we want to make sure that you know about your many options at the University of Michigan.

Our well-established, generous need-based financial aid program for all in-state students with financial need typically includes qualifying Michigan families with incomes up to $180,000 a year.

Making Michigan an Affordable Choice
Our Go Blue Guarantee covers the cost of in-state tuition for up to four years of full-time undergraduate study on the Ann Arbor campus for Michigan residents who qualify for in-state tuition and have a family income of $65,000 or less, subject to certain limits.

If you don’t qualify for the Go Blue Guarantee, there are many other options you can use to help cover the cost of a U-M education. Approximately 70 percent of all in-state U-M undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. U-M is the only public university in Michigan to cover 100 percent of demonstrated financial need of in-state students. 

Total Family Income % of Applicants who qualify for Scholarship & Grant Aid Average Scholarship & Grant Aid (% of Tuition) Average Tuition after Scholarship and Grant Aid
$65K-95K 97% $15,309 (92%) $1,387
$95K-125K 89% $9,583 (57%) $7,113
$125K-150K 68% $6,011 (36%) $10,685
$150K-180K 63% $4,533 (27%) $12,163

Eligible Michigan residents with demonstrated financial need at all income levels qualify for financial aid. For example, 89 percent of families who applied for aid with an income between $95,000–$125,000 received on average scholarship/grant aid that pays for 57 percent of their tuition. View our family profiles to see how other Michigan families are funding college educations.

Best Value

Our Commitment to Affordability
U-M is committed to keeping a world-class education accessible and affordable for all Michigan families with need. With the generous support of our donors, we've been able to increase the undergraduate financial aid budget by an average of 11.3% per year over the last decade, well outpacing the 4%-per-year average increase for in-state undergraduate tuition.

That means it actually costs less today to attend U-M than it did 10 years ago for many in-state undergraduate students who receive need-based financial aid.

Combine that reliable level of financial support with the amazing resources and opportunities of a top public research university, our high graduation rate, a strong lifetime earning potential for graduates and a global network of 580,000+ proud alumni and you'll see that Michigan is an exceptional value.

We encourage you to apply for financial aid to find out what you are eligible to receive.

Myths & Misconceptions
Addresses common misconceptions about U-M’s affordability and financial aid to help clarify what funding opportunities are available for in-state students.
Family Profiles
Family Profiles provide general numbers and averages that reflect the total costs for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Go Blue Guarantee and our efforts to keep U-M affordable for all Michigan residents are made possible in part by the generous support of our donors.


As the #1 public research institution in the U.S., U-M provides students with tremendous resources to make their own discoveries.