Tuition and funding
A graduate education is a significant investment, but many scholarships and other resources are available to MHI students to help fund your education.
MHI tuition and fees
Full-term tuition at the School of Information is set by the U-M Office of the Registrar. Each year near the beginning of the fall term, updated tuition and fees are posted on the Registrar's website.
Those rates for the 2019-2020 school year are $14,861 per term for Michigan residents and $24,548 per term for out-of-state residents attending full time (9 credits or more), plus fees.
It’s worth noting that tuition is capped at that amount, so if you choose to enroll in more credits per term (as some of our students do), those additional credits are effectively free.
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, though you may find that the cost of books is lighter at UMSI, where many professors attempt to ensure that course materials are available online.
Individuals who complete and submit an application for admission by the preferred admission deadline of January 15 will be considered automatically for priority funding. Applicants are eligible for scholarship consideration on a rolling basis after January 15. There is no additional scholarship application.
University of Michigan Health Informatics Achievement Fellowship
U-M Health Informatics Achievement Fellowships assist eligible students with two semesters of support consisting of tuition, required fees, health and dental insurance, and a stipend of $9,675 (adjusted annually each September) per semester followed by two additional semesters of full tuition support.
The Achievement Fellowship is open to newly admitted students who:
- Have a record of superior academic achievement (e.g., grade point average, honors or other designation)
- Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
and meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan
- Have demonstrated sustained commitment to diversity in the academic, professional or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations to reduce social, educational or economic disparities. By diversity we mean the broad definition of the underrepresented groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, LGBTQA status, non-traditional students, first generation college students, first generation U.S. citizens, veterans or persons with disabilities
- Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances
- Are first-generation U.S. citizens or are the first generation in their families to graduate from a four-year college
Decisions for this fellowship are based on application materials; no separate application is required.
Evan Hale Bliss Health Scholarship in Health Informatics
Created by three U-M School of Information graduates, Nancy A. Bliss, Kenlee Ray and Maureen M. Moore, this scholarship was the first to be created by individuals for the Health Informatics program. It is named in memory of Evan Bliss, who worked for the Henry Jackson Foundation in health data collection and analysis on HIV/AIDS treatments in various projects in Africa and Eastern Europe.
MHI students who receive an external scholarship prior to their first term of enrollment or through their first year (12 months) of enrollment are eligible for up to $10,000 in matching funds, depending on the award amount, the level of funding already awarded by the program, the remaining unmet need for cost of attendance and the availability of funds remaining in the annual matching funds budget.
MHI students who have received a scholarship from the program are eligible for a single match of funds. This means that an MHI student who receives a $5,000 external scholarship may receive matching funds from the program up to $5,000. Additionally, MHI students who do not have a scholarship from the program are eligible to be double-matched. This means that an MHI student who receives a $5,000 external scholarship may receive matching funds from the program for up to $10,000. In either case, the maximum total that can be matched is $10,000. Admitted students who receive an external award should submit the original award statement (keeping a copy for personal records) with a request for matching funds to firstname.lastname@example.org or:
School of Information
333 Maynard, Suite 500
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Current students who receive an external award within 12 months of initial enrollment should submit the award statement to the Health Informatics admissions team at email@example.com.
All program matching funds will be applied toward student tuition expenses within the two-year (four-semester) MHI program or as a stipend up to the unmet need for cost of attendance (as defined by the U-M Office of Financial Aid).
Note that program matching funds apply to scholarship awards only, not to tuition support provided via employee benefit programs or government sponsored tuition payment programs.
Students are encouraged to seek additional funding from external scholarships. For more sources, consult the U-M Office of Financial Aid index of scholarship search tools. These two organizations offer scholarships specifically for MHI students:
Awards are available for students pursuing master's degrees in health informatics and who are current American Health Information Management Association members.
Scholarships are awarded each year for student members of the Health Information Management Systems Society who are pursuing graduate work in a field related to health information management.
Peace Corps partnerships
The MHI program and the U.S. Peace Corps have partnered to promote positive impact in the world, reduction of disparity and improvement of the quality of life for all. Through our Peace Corps partnership, students can apply their unique skills and knowledge to advance health through usable and responsive information technologies. Two paths allow students to combine a Health Informatics graduate education with Peace Corps service:
The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program offers financial support to those who have served in the Peace Corps prior to enrolling in the MHI program. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will use the skills they developed abroad to complete internships in underserved U.S. communities, gaining valuable professional experience.
The U-M Office of Financial Aid has information on how to apply for various resources as a graduate student. Additionally, there are many opportunities to secure employment as a graduate student in the MHI program. Although the MHI program requires a significant amount of time and effort, most students find they are able to work 10-20 hours per week. Keep in mind that GSI and GSRA positions can require a significant time commitment.
Funding for international students
Finding graduate school funding can be challenging for international students, as opportunities for available scholarships are more limited. However, there are some national and regional scholarships that international students may qualify for, so it's worth spending some time conducting research on the possibilities. Some scholarships are only available for U.S. citizens, so be sure to look closely at the eligibility requirements.
Some other great resources for possible sources of funding include:
- MLibrary Funding For Students guide for international students
- U-M Office of Financial Aid Resources for Graduate Students
- Institute of International Education
Alternative MHI degree funding
Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) positions
Students in good standing in U-M graduate degree programs may apply for Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) or Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA) positions. GSIs and GSSAs teach or support teaching efforts in an academic area in which they have experience. Students may seeks GSI and GSSA positions in any U-M unit. To apply for open GSI positions:
Go to umjobs.org.
Click “Graduate Student Appointments.”
MHI students who are interested in teaching should contact the undergraduate department they would like to assist to see if it is hiring GSIs for the term.
Begin your search by exploring large undergraduate courses. If you are extremely qualified, apply to the more specialized undergraduate courses.
Obtain letters of recommendation early in the process and be persistent.
Graduate Student Research Assistantships (GSRA)
Students in good standing in U-M graduate degree programs may apply for Graduate Student Research Assistantships (GSRA). GSRAs assist others who are performing research. Students may seek GSRA positions in any U-M unit. Students should attempt to identify members of the faculty whose research interests are similar to their own and contact faculty members directly.
Loan forgiveness programs
A number of loan forgiveness programs are available to master's-level graduates, particularly for those who pursue work in public service. A few of these programs are listed below. It is important to remember that these programs are administered based on certain types of loans, and consolidation may affect your eligibility. Be sure to seek assistance when considering consolidation to make sure you are not disqualifying yourself from thousands of dollars in potential loan forgiveness.
Veteran and service member programs
The U-M Student Veterans Assistance Program provides information regarding support available for student veterans and active service members, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill and other programs.