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Financing your education at the School of Public Health is an investment in your future. A variety of types of assistance are available - federal loans, work-study positions, scholarships, fellowships, graduate student instructorships, graduate student research assistantships, full-time and temporary employment, and private sources.
We are committed to providing students with the information needed to make informed decisions about financing their education. Recently, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) published Financing Graduate Education: A Guide for Prospective Students (PDF) This brochure highlights helpful tips and information regarding the financial aid process.
The UM Office of Financial Aid (OFA) provides the main source of funds for financing your graduate education. This office provides need-based assistance in the form of federal loans and College Work Study. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application to apply for this assistance. The UM Federal School Code for the FAFSA is 002325.
Sources of Funding
Federal Loans: Filling out the FAFSA is the first step in receiving federal student aid. Loans are borrowed funds which must be repaid with interest after you are no longer a student. Some federal loans are awarded to students on the basis of need (Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Subsidized Loans). Need-based loans allow students to defer paying interest on these loans while they are enrolled at least half-time. Other federal loans are non-need based (Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans). Students borrowing from non-need based loan programs may defer interest on these loans while they are enrolled in school.
Private, Non-Need-Based Loans: A number of private, non-need-based programs are available to students. In most cases, however, the interest rates available through federal programs are lower than the rates for private loan programs.
Work Study: Many students choose to work part time in a work study program. Your financial aid package from the university must include a work-study grant in order for you to be eligible to apply for work study positions on campus. These positions range in type and location, but include office assistants and research assistants.
GSI/GSSA: Graduate students can also apply to be Graduate School Instructors or Graduate Student Staff Assistants for undergraduate courses on campus. UM SPH does not have an undergraduate program so students must find other disciplines that they have focused on in class or as an undergraduate student. GSIs receive full tuition, health coverage, and an additional monthly living stipend.
GSRA: Similar to GSI positions, Graduate Student Research Assistantships provide tuition waivers, stipend, and health insurance. Although UM SPH does have some opportunities for students to conduct research, formal GSRA positions are few in number, mostly reserved for doctoral students, and typically offered to students who have been in the school for at least one year. Students can seek out GSRA positions across the university at any department that might offer opportunities for research. Individual faculty members serving as principle investigators on research projects most often offer GSRA positions. Students should attempt to identify appropriate faculty with research interests similar to their own and contact that faculty member directly.
Each department offers special funding specifically to its students. More information:
More on Scholarships and Grants: UM SPH offers a variety of scholarships and employment opportunities. In most cases, your admissions application is all that is needed for you to be considered for any aid the school has to offer incoming students.
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