Funding your degree

Tuition and cost of living

Full-term tuition at the School of Information is set by the U-M Office of the Registrar. Each year near the beginning of term, updated tuition and fees are posted at the Registrar's website.

There are many factors to take into consideration when calculating the cost of living in Ann Arbor. The U-M Office of Financial Aid provides a standard student budget to help get you started. You might personally find that there is variation in this budget (for example, the cost of books and supplies might be lower given many UMSI classes provide content online).

MSI funding

There are many resources available to assist master's students with funding, including UMSI scholarships, UMSI diversity scholarships, and assistantships.

 UMSI master's students (new and continuing) have also been successful when applying for external funding. In recent years, awards received by UMSI students have included American Library Association Spectrum Scholarships, ARMA International Educational Foundation Scholarships, Association for Women in Computing Scholarships, Society of American Archivist Scholarships, and more. All external tuition scholarship awards are eligible for matching funds from UMSI, up to a maximum of $10,000 and subject to availability of funds.

The U-M Office of Financial Aid provides information on federal programs for aid.  These sources are available for US citizens.  We also provide funding information for international students.

Most of our students also choose to work part-time while in the program.  This offers a great opportunity not only as a source of funding, but also as an opportunity for professional experience.

Advising on funding your degree is available to prospective students (contact umsi.admissions@umich.edu) and current students (contact Judy Lawson at jmlawson@umich.edu).

Securing funding: Tips for success
 

  1. Start early. As you prepare to apply, begin researching funding sources.
     
  2. Invest time to search for funding. Students who have looked for funding more proactively have found new and unexpected sources from places such as professional organizations, state agencies, and local or community organizations. Explore funding search engines and additional links from above.
     
  3. Remember that securing funding for graduate education is a process that begins when you are an applicant but that can continue as you complete your degree.
     
  4. Stay in touch with UMSI admissions and once you are enrolled, with UMSI's financial aid advisor. Tell us about your needs and we will work with you to help you uncover new sources and leads for funding.