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Eligibility & Costs


  • The Michigan in Washington (MIW) program accepts students from all schools and majors at the University of Michigan.
  • Applicants must at least be in their second year by the time they apply.
  • Applicants should have a strong interest in public service.
  • Students who participate in the MIW program will usually have
    cumulative grade point of at least 3.0.



Tuition for students participating in the MIW Program is the same as for Ann Arbor classes.

  • 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.  


Yes, and you may be eligible for additional aid!

  • Scholarships are determined based on financial need, and students are automatically considered.
  • Students admitted to the MIW program are automatically reviewed for increased financial aid (a current FAFSA must be on file) based on higher living costs in DC. 
  • Existing financial aid (except 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.  However, those receiving Work Study income may be eligible for additional scholarship funds. 
  • Most students receive a $1,260 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.   


Rent for a term in the Washington Center is ~$5,500 (not including meals).  

  • The housing charge is consolidated with U of M's tuition billing for convenience.