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Tuition ~ Same as Ann Arbor

  • Tuition for students participating in the Michigan in Washington Program is the same as it is for classes in Ann Arbor. Students take a 12 credit course load (or 15 if two electives are chosen). Tuition appears on the student's regular billing the month before the term starts.  
  • Some students also take language courses at local institutions; these courses are paid for separately and not included in any of the MIW cost estimates.  

Scholarships Available

  • Yes, and you may be eligible for additional aid!  
  • Students admitted to the MIW program are automatically reviewed for increased financial aid (a current FAFSA must be on file) based on higher costs of living in DC. The Financial Aid office and the Director collaborate on the review.  
  • Existing financial aid (with the exception of Work Study) applies while the student is in the Washington program (e.g., Pell Grants, other scholarships and loans).  
  • Students are not eligible for Work Study while in Washington, and are not allowed to take on outside employment while in the program.  Those receiving Work Study income may be eligible for additional scholarship funds.  
  • Most students receive a $1,000 stipend to help cover additional costs (athletes are not eligible for this stipend).  
  • Scholarships for the program are funded by the University and also through private donations to the MIW Program.   

Housing ~ $5,000/term

  • Rent for a term in the Washington Center is $5,000 (not including meals).  The housing charge is consolidated with U of M's tuition billing for convenience. 
  • Students agree to a  $300 withdrawal charge when they are admitted to the program.  
    • If the student decides not to participate in the program, the charge will be posted to their Wolverine Access account.
  • Winter term students often request an extension for their stay in Washington for summer internships.  Arrangements are made directly with the building manager in these situations.

Local Transport ~ $600/term (Metro)

  • Students use public transportation while in Washington.  There is no parking in the building, and public parking is too costly.  
  • Most people in DC use the Metro which is a safe, convenient and fast way to get arount. 
  • Students should plan to spend approximately $600 for Metro passes and occasional taxicabs during their Washington semester.  
  • Some internship providers offer fully paid Metro passes to interns; students will be advised to inquire when evaluating options during the Prep course.  

Meals ~ $500/month

  • Meals in DC may be 1.5 times higher than those in Ann Arbor based on higher general costs for groceries, and frequent eating out.  
  • It is suggested that students budget $500 per month for groceries and meals.
  • Some internships provide frequent lunches which reduces student costs for meals. 
  • Students who are in frequent contact with mentors also benefit from lower meal costs (mentors often take students out and pick up the tab).  
  • Those who eat in and plan meals with their roommates usually spend less than those who don't.  (This is not always within the student's control.)  

Books, Copying and Supplies ~ $350/term

  • $300-$400 is the estimate for books, copies and course supplies for the Washington semester courses.    

Clothes and Dry Cleaning ~ $1,000/term

  • Internships on The Hill and a number of others call for professional attire (suits and ties for men, suits or business dresses for women). 
    • Most students have to expand their wardrobes for the Washington semester.
    • Some invest in clothes that they will keep for career use after graduation.  
    • Both fall and winter term students will experience two seasons in DC, increasing wardrobe requirements. 
    • Many students purchase garments from used clothing establishments to keep costs down.  
  • Some students opt to have their clothes dry cleaned (approximately $50/month) to save time.  

Airfare ~ $325-$400/term

  • Some students fly to Washington, others drive with their parents.  
  • Round trip, non-stop flights into Baltimore are about $250.  The Super Shuttle to DC (one way) is about $35 (not including tip) and is a 45 minute ride.  
  • Round trip, non-stop flights into Reagan airport are about $350 and may be over $1,000.  The 15 minute taxi ride to the Washington Center runs about $25.  

Medical Costs ~ $200-$300/term

  • Students in the MIW program are required to carry insurance coverage. 
  • DC is "out of network" for most local insurance carriers; therefore, students who get sick pay for office visits "out of pocket."  
  • The Washington Center offers free, confidential counseling services to students (to help them adjust to life in a busy city, new roommates, etc.).  
  • Blue Cross offers a Young Adult policy for @$75 per month for students who don't have other insurance.  
  • Click here for a student guide for finding and buying health insurance.  

Other Costs

  • Shipping ($50-100):  Students who fly to DC may choose to ship clothes and apartment items rather than carry them on the flight.  
  • Gym ($240): Students who like to work out can do so at a nearby facility that costs $60/month.  
  • Travel (varies):  Some students undertake weekend excursions to New York City or areas near DC while in the program. Trip costs vary depending on transportation and room arrangements.  
  • Entertainment (varies): Although museums and monuments can be visited at no charge, students like to take advantage of cultural life in DC (concerts, theater, etc.).