Next Steps

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The University of Michigan is one of the world's top universities and it’s an affordable opportunity right here in your home state. We encourage you to explore and understand all of your financial aid options — U-M could be the right choice for you. There are many resources available to help you cover your costs, and it's never too early to start learning about them.

Our admissions staff and financial aid counselors are available to answer your questions and to get you started on your journey to become a Wolverine.

We're here to help you Go Blue!

Step 1: Apply to U-M

You can start your application August 1. When you apply for admission to U-M, this also serves as your application for most merit scholarships. There are no additional forms to fill out. We recommend applying by our Nov. 1 Early Action deadline (Dec. 1 for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance) for the most competitive merit scholarship consideration. You can get started by filling out the Common Application.

We may be able to waive your application fee. Make a request on the application or call 734-764-7433 for details.

Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

U-M uses information provided on both the CSS Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for need-based financial aid. This will help you figure out the amount that you and your parents will need to pay for your education. You can fill out your application on these websites:

  • FAFSA:
    Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after it becomes available in December to be considered for all need-based and non-need-based federal loans and work-study, as well as federal and state need-based grants and scholarships. List the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Federal School Code 002325.
  • CSS Profile:
    Complete your CSS Profile to be considered for all need-based university grants and scholarships. The CSS Profile is available each year after Oct. 1. List University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, CSS Code 1839.

If you are a new incoming student, complete both of these by the suggested filing date of December 15, or the priority deadline of March 31 if you want to receive an aid offer before May 1. You do not need to be admitted to apply for financial aid.