Financial Aid and Scholarships
Master of Architecture Incoming Merit-Based Scholarships
All Master of Architecture applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Applicants are notified of a scholarship award in their admission letter. Master of Architecture students typically receive approximately a million dollars in merit-based scholarships every year. Scholarships can range from $5,000 to full tuition. One-third to one half of incoming Master of Architecture students have a scholarship. Scholarships are possible because of our generous alumni and friends of Taubman College. Because financial resources are limited, applicants are encouraged to seek outother sources of funding as well.
Master of Architecture Continuing Student Scholarships
Continuing students have the opportunity to annually apply for continuing merit based scholarships. Students are notified of the process and deadline during the winter term by Taubman Student Services. To increase your chances of receiving a continuing scholarship, you should strive to achieve good grades and be in the top 50% of your class during the year you apply for the scholarship.
Master of Architecture Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Positions
Students may apply for a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) position after their first fall term at Michigan. GSI positions are competitive. Typically, a GSI position would cover 100% of tuition for the term and provide a small stipend. On average, over 100 students apply for approximately 30 positions.
Master of Architecture Need Based Grants
Taubman College also gives the Office of Financial Aid a block of funds to distribute to students based on financial need. These awards are called Architecture Graduate Grants. Admitted students receive information regarding their financial aid package a week or so after admission, through Wolverine Access.
Federal Financial Aid Awards (FAFSA)
The University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid administers federal loan and work-study programs for graduate students. You must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-U.S. citizen (permanent resident with alien registration card). You do not need to be admitted to the University before submitting the FAFSA. To apply for financial aid for Fall/Winter, complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between January 1 and April 30th. Although you may submit the FAFSA later (by April 30), early application is strongly advised and ensures you will be considered for all aid for which you are eligible. Be sure to list the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Federal School Code number 002325). Since the 3 year M.Arch. degree begins in summer 2013, 3 year M.Arch. applicants should complete FAFSAs for both the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years.
A Federal Work Study award is an award that allows a student to work for eligible employers on and off campus to earn money to pay for school. A student must be hired for a work study job through the Student Employment Office and earn the wages up to the specified award amount. Work Study employees are paid directly by their employer; the wages earned are NOT automatically applied towards tuition. It is the student's responsibility to manage their earnings accordingly.
Student Employment (Non-Work Study)
There are employers on and off campus that will hire students (mostly part-time) for regular non-work study jobs. The Student Employment Office can assist with these positions.
There are private loan options for students, such as a CitiAssist Loan, a Signature loan from Sallie Mae, or an MI-LOAN. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid website for detailed information.