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Costs and Financial Aid

Approximate Program Costs:

Tuition/fees: Students are charged the same rate that they would pay for enrolling for the term on their home campus. Note: students register for their SiD classes on their home campus and rates vary across campuses. Contact Craig Regester (SID Associate Director) with any questions about tuition rates. 
Rent: 2023-2024 Rates to live at Wayne State University's University Towers Apartments
$800 per month (single-bedroom w/ private bath in an unfurnished 2-bedroom apartment)
$400 per month (double-bedroom w/ shared bath in an unfurnished 2-bedroom apartment)
Food: $200-400 per month
Transportation: $50-200 per month
Books/supplies: $0-75 per month
Parking: Available through Wayne State University - 2023-24 rates
Gym Membership: Available through Wayne State University - 2023-24 rates


College of Literature, Science and Arts (LSA) Scholarship Opportunities:

(Available ONLY to SiD students who are LSA students from UM-Ann Arbor.)

  1. LSA students who are eligible for financial aid during the regular academic year (fall/winter) are strongly encouraged to apply for the LSA Spring/Summer Scholarship. The application opens on January 1st and closes on March 22. Applicants will receive notifications by the end of April. 

Residential College Scholarship Opportunities:
(Available to SiD students from ANY School/College at ANY UM campus. Note: While RC students generally receive priority, you DO NOT have to be an RC student to apply for this fund.)

  1. The Brown Fund provides support for students participating in off-campus academic-based programs domestically and internationally, including Semester in Detroit. Awards typically range from $250-$2500 depending on demonstrable need. 

SiD Scholarship Opportunities:
(Available to SiD students from any UM campus; but not GVSU - sorry!)

  1. The Samuel Levine Support Fund helps students pay for living expenses (housing, food, and transportation) while in Detroit. Awards range from $500-$2,000 depending on need. 

  2. The Louis Siegel Memorial Fund supports students who were born in a country other than the United States or are the children of those born in a country other than the United States, with a preference for students who are the first in their family to attend college. Awards typically are $1,000 per eligible student.

  3. The General Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund is a competitive scholarship for the Fall program only that is named to honor the life and legacy of General Gordon Baker Jr., a lifelong community and labor activist who passed away in 2014. One student is selected by the Scholarship committee; the typical scholarship award is $1,250.

Important Note on SiD's Scholarship Opportunities:

SiD understands that paying for college has never been more expensive. We also recognize that the opportunity to spend a transformative semester learning, interning and living in Detroit is not equally available to everyone. 

SiD is committed to providing an equitable distribution of financial support to make our program accessible to the widest array of students.

Students who have the economic means to participate without SiD financial aid are encouraged to forgo such support so that our scholarships can support students with need.