You Can Go Blue! Affordability and Access at U-M

By Elizabeth Schmuhl July 12, 2018

You already know, attending college is an investment that can make a tremendous impact on your future. Before you make any major decisions, we want you to know all of the things the University of Michigan is doing to help make going blue affordable and accessible.

We’re the only public university in the state that covers 100 percent of demonstrated financial need of in-state students.*

We’re also the least expensive college in the state for students who come from families with low income.


In-state students are eligible for the Go Blue Guarantee (four years of free tuition) for families earning up to $65,000 with $50,000 or less in assets (not counting retirement savings).

We’re one of the top ten best colleges for your money according to Money Magazine.

Students helped to make this living, open-source document with tips for affordability and access for lower and middle income students.

Still worried about making college affordable? Keep in mind, the actual cost of attendance may be less than you expect after you factor in funding awarded through grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. Also consider the value of a U-M degree; Michigan students can expect to earn nearly $1,000,000 more in their lifetime than students with only a high school degree!

Make sure to contact our admissions and financial aid counselors who are available to answer your questions and get you started on your journey to becoming a Wolverine.


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* 100 percent only if you apply by the deadline and accept all of the aid that we offer. The difference between U-M’s total cost of attendance and your expected family contribution. The EFC is determined when you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) and the CSS Financial Aid PROFILE. Read all about the difference between these two types of aid here.

Elizabeth Schmuhl