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Tuition, Fees, & Financial Assistance


Our goal is to make the Biological Station affordable for every student who wants to attend. You will maximize the chances of this by applying for

  1. LSA Spring/Summer Scholarship, if you're an LSA student (Deadline: March 15, 2023)
  2. Biological Station scholarships (info below)

If you already receive Fall/Winter assistance through the U-M Office of Financial Aid, you will receive an official spring/summer aid notice within a week of when we register you for the spring and/or summer term. You do not have to submit a Request for Funds (RFF) form.

Tuition and Fees

2023 Student Tuition and Fees

Biological Station tuition is assessed by the University of Michigan according to the half-term tuition rates set by the Board of Regents of the University and is subject to change. Tuition is based on College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) rates, and may vary if you are enrolled in another U-M school or college. Guest students pay "upper division" tuition. Student fees for all students will be invoiced by University of Michigan Student Accounts. 

UMBS will apply a $140 administrative/facilities fee to any student who withdraws from the Station  less than 3 weeks before the term starts.

Note: Posted tuition rates are based on 6 credits using the U-M Registrar's listing for LSA/Rackham students. Tuition rates for other schools may differ slightly. Please confirm your tuition rate with the official schedule at the Office of the Registrar.

2023 Spring and Summer session (6 credits) Undergrad Grad
Michigan Resident Tuition

 $4,101 (L)*

 $4,626 (U)*

Non-Michigan Resident Tuition

 $13,751 (L)*

 $14,720 (U)*


Registration & Fees  $83.10  $83.10
Room & Board  $1,120  $1,120

*L= freshmen and sophomores, U = juniors and seniors and guest (non-U-M) students.


Scholarships and Financial Assistance

To apply for UMBS scholarships, please provide the information requested on our Course Application. UMBS staff will make awards in April based on review of your application responses and your UM Financial Aid information.

UMBS Scholarships

Students do not apply to specific scholarships, although the list below includes examples of what financial assistance is available. 

Dr. Elzada Clover and Dr. Lois Jotter Cutter 
Student Scholarship
Undergraduate student financial support for spring or summer term.

Cathy Bach and Brian Hazlett Student Research Fund
Provides need-based undergraduate student research support in behavior and ecology, allowing them to conduct independent research with a faculty member while enrolled concurrently in one summer session field class at UMBS.

Howard A. Crum Student Scholarship
Scholarship support students studying at UMBS.

Douglas Lake Improvement Association Scholarship
A competitive scholarship to partially support a student who is a resident of Northern Michigan to attend the spring or summer session. Supported by the members of the Douglas Lake Improvement Association.

Frank Caleb & Margaret Thompson Gates Student Scholarship
Several annual awards to assist UMBS students.

Marian P. and David M. Gates Scholarship for Non-Residents
Award to assist out-of-state students who plan to study at UMBS.

Istock Family Scholarship
Scholarships for UMBS students with financial need.

Lowe Family First Summer Student Scholarship
Award to students spending their first summer at the Biological Station.

George E. Nichols Undergradute Scholarship
Support for out-of-state or international undergraduate students in LSA who are studying at UMBS.

James L. Plafkin Memorial Scholarship
An annual need-based award to a student who is studying aquatic ecology.

Schrank Family Scholarship
One award annually alternating for student in LSA or Program in the Environment (PitE).

Fred and Avery Test Scholarship
Support for UMBS students with financial need.

Dr. Edward G. Voss Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship support for undergraduate students to attend UMBS with a preference for students interested in botany or entomology.

Gary and Gussie Williams Scholarship
Scholarship for a student who is teaching science or pursuing a degree in science education.

UMBS Returning Student Award
Awards to returning students who are in their second or subsequent summer at the Biological Station. Funded by alumni and friends of UMBS.