Are You a Michigan Resident with a Family Income Less than $65K?

If you apply to U-M and are admitted, we are prepared to cover the full cost of your in-state tuition for four years of undergraduate study on our Ann Arbor campus. That’s our Go Blue Guarantee — a $60,000 value to you and your family!

Learn what the Go Blue Guarantee
means for you:

When does the Go Blue Guarantee start?

The U-M Office of Financial Aid will automatically begin funding eligible students on the Ann Arbor campus for the Go Blue Guarantee effective during the winter 2018 semester. Classes begin January 3, 2018.

What does it include?

The Go Blue Guarantee pays undergraduate tuition (the cost of courses) and mandatory fees for up to four years, or eight semesters. (College of Engineering students receive up to 4.5 years of tuition.)

If you qualify, your financial aid will include scholarships and grants totaling at least the cost of tuition assessed each semester. Your financial aid may contain a variety of awards (Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant, State of Michigan Competitive Scholarship, non-U-M tuition scholarship and institutional scholarship and grants) and these, together, make up the guarantee.

What about other costs?

The Go Blue Guarantee covers tuition and mandatory fees. However, the majority of students covered by the Go Blue Guarantee may also qualify for additional financial aid that contributes to other costs, such as residence hall housing, meals, books, etc. See the cost of attendance page for more about anticipated educational expenses.

Below is a chart that shows the average total scholarship and grant aid received by students with an annual family income of $65,000 or less with typical families in these income brackets receiving scholarships and grants that will cover a significant portion of tuition and room and board charges.

Total Family Income Average Scholarship
& Grant Aid
$0-25K $23,342
$25K-65K $21,512

What if I need more time to finish my degree?

If you do not graduate within eight semesters, it is still possible to qualify for other need-based assistance, such as the University of Michigan Grant, Federal Loans or Federal Work-Study. Funding may be available to cover all educational expenses, not just the cost of tuition, up to your demonstrated financial need.

Who gets the Go Blue Guarantee?

The Go Blue Guarantee is given to students who:

  • Apply and are admitted to or are currently enrolled full-time in their first bachelor’s degree program at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor*
  • Are enrolled in the Fall and Winter terms
  • Are eligible for in-state tuition (view guidelines)
  • Have an annual family income of $65,000 or less and have family assets totaling less than $50,000 (assets include home equity, savings/checking, investments, real estate and business net worth, but not retirement accounts)
  • Meet Financial Aid and Go Blue Guarantee Eligibility Requirements for the Go Blue Guarantee

*This offer is currently not available on the UM-Dearborn or UM-Flint campuses.

I am working to earn a second bachelor’s degree. Can I qualify for the Go Blue Guarantee?

No. You must be earning a first bachelor’s degree to be considered and qualify for the Go Blue Guarantee. Students who are completing a second bachelor's degree may be eligible for federal student loans, up to the aggregate borrowing maximum for undergraduate students. Second bachelor degree students may also be eligible for private educational loans and scholarship assistance.

I am transferring to the U-M Ann Arbor campus. Can I get the Go Blue Guarantee?

Transfer students are eligible for the Go Blue Guarantee, as well as incoming freshmen and continuing students. Your eligibility will be considered when you apply for financial aid and your family income and assets are considered. The number of years (or terms) of the Go Blue Guarantee you receive would depend upon the number of credits you received at your previous institutions and how many terms you attended. Each transfer student’s situation would vary.

Is the Go Blue Guarantee applicable to graduate programs?

The Go Blue Guarantee program will assist eligible students enrolled in their first bachelor's degree (undergraduate) program.

How do I apply for the Go Blue Guarantee?:

You do not have to apply specifically for the Go Blue Guarantee. The Go Blue Guarantee will be awarded to qualified financial aid recipients upon completion of the following:

Step I) Apply to U-M and get admitted

Get started by filling out the Common Application or Coalition Application (Note: Please submit only one. There is no advantage to submitting one over the other.). These applications open August 1.

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

Step II) Apply for financial aid

Submit both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Financial Aid PROFILE by April 30 for Fall/Winter Term (visit the financial aid website for full instructions). These applications open October 1.

Meet the published deadline for submitting all other requested financial aid application materials, as found on your Wolverine Access student portal.

How can I find out more about my eligibility for financial aid?

You can use the U-M Net Price Calculator to get an individualized estimate of your financial aid options and your out-of-pocket expenses as a full-time student. You will need to answer some basic questions about your family’s financial situation, so having recent tax forms or pay stubs on hand will be helpful.

While helpful for estimating costs, you may encounter differences in the Net Price Calculator and College Scorecard estimated costs as there are many reports published about average aid, grant aid and net price to students. Data published in the Net Price Calculator is restricted to first-time freshmen receiving aid only and does not estimate scholarships a student may receive from outside entities or U-M schools and colleges. Data published on the U-M Office of Financial Aid website includes all dependent undergraduate students who applied for aid and scholarships received from U-M schools and colleges.

Who can I contact for more information about my eligibility for the Go Blue Guarantee?

Contact the Office of Financial Aid at OFA-Go.Blue.Guarantee@umich.edu, or call 734-763-8424 to speak directly with a financial aid counselor.

Can currently enrolled U-M students qualify for the Go Blue Guarantee?

Yes. The U-M Office of Financial Aid will begin funding eligible students for the Go Blue Guarantee effective during the Winter 2018 semester, which begins January 3, 2018.

Do I need to apply for it?

No. Your cost of tuition will be fully covered if you:

  • Are enrolled full-time in your first bachelor’s degree program on the Ann Arbor campus
  • Are eligible for in-state tuition (view guidelines)
  • Are enrolled in the Fall and Winter terms
  • Have an annual family income of $65,000 or less and have family assets totaling less than $50,000 (assets include home equity, savings/checking, investments, real estate and business net worth, but not retirement accounts)
  • Meet Financial Aid and Go Blue Guarantee Eligibility Requirements for the Go Blue Guarantee
  • Submit your financial aid document (FAFSA) by the deadline each year

Is the Go Blue Guarantee applicable to graduate programs?

The Go Blue Guarantee program will assist eligible students enrolled in their first bachelor's degree (undergraduate) program.

How will it affect my financial aid?

If you qualify for the Go Blue Guarantee, it will automatically be added to your existing financial aid (scholarships and grants) totaling at least the cost of tuition in the Fall and Winter semesters.

Who can I contact for more information about my eligibility for the Go Blue Guarantee?

Contact the Office of Financial Aid at OFA-Go.Blue.Guarantee@umich.edu, or call 734-763-8424 to speak directly with a financial aid counselor.

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Our Commitment to Affordability

  • #2
    Best college in U.S.
    for delivering the most value Money.com
  • 2 of 3
    Michigan Undergrads Receive Financial Aid
  • 97%
    U-M Freshman
    Retention Rate

Our financial aid commitment to all Michigan families with need remains as firm as ever. With the help of donors, we’ve been able to increase the undergraduate financial aid budget by an average of 11.3% per year over the last decade, well outpacing the 4%-per-year average increase for in-state undergraduate tuition.

That means it actually costs less today to attend U-M than it did 10 years ago for many in-state undergraduate students who receive need-based financial aid.

Combine that reliable level of financial support with the amazing resources and opportunities of a top public research university, our high graduation rate, a strong lifetime earning potential for graduates and a global network of 575,000+ proud alumni and you'll see that Michigan is an exceptional value.

We encourage all families to apply for financial aid to find out what they are eligible to receive.

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