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Cost & Financial Aid

SiD Scholarships

In general, the fall program tends to be more affordable than the spring/summer program, since students usually would be taking classes in the fall regardless of participation in SiD. Once accepted to the program, students from UM-Ann Arbor and UM-Dearborn have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship through our Samuel N. Levine Scholarship Fund regardless of financial aid received by the university. In general, students who apply for aid through the Samuel Levine fund are awarded scholarships. In addition, fall students have the unique opportunity to apply for the prestigious General Gordon Baker, Jr. Scholarship. Named after a renowned and radical Detroit labor and civil rights activist, this fund provides a scholarship for one student in our fall program every year. The recipient is awarded the scholarship at the annual General Baker tribute at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. 

Estimated fall costs:

Students participating in the fall semester must pay standard UM tuition rates. These numbers vary every year and are dependent on each student's academic standing (0-60 credits/60+ credits) as well as school or college. Please see the Office of the Registrar for further tuition information. 

Any financial aid you receive during the regular fall semesters on campus is applicable to the SiD fall semester. 

Outside of tuition, students generally spend near the following amounts during the fall semester in Detroit:

Please note: these numbers are estimates, actual costs may vary.

  • Housing: $450-$800/month (varies depending on housing location and whether student chooses triple, double, or single-occupancy rooms)
  • Food: $200-$300/month
  • Transportation: $0-$100/month
  • Books: $0-$50

Students may find that the expenses of living in the city differ from those in Ann Arbor. Some SiD students report spending less than they would on campus, due to the comparatively low cost of living and free events, while others find that they spend a lot as they explore a new city.