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Cost & Financial Aid

Note from SiD staff:

We understand that many students work during the spring and summer to pay day-to-day expenses and/or save money for fall and winter semesters. Unfortunately, the schedule of our spring/summer program is often too busy for students to work in addition to taking the required classes and internships.  At the end of the day, our goal is to not let cost prevent any student from participating in Semester in Detroit. Once accepted to the program, each student has the opportunity to apply for a scholarship through our Samuel N. Levine Scholarship Fund. In addition, we work with any students for whom cost is a concern to find other resources at the university (see below) to make participating in SiD a more realistic option. If for whatever reason the spring/summer semester does not seem like a good financial fit for you, we encourage you to apply to our fall program. The pace of the fall program is much more conducive to holding down a job, and financial aid is more predictable. 

Estimated spring/summer costs:

Students participating in the spring/summer semester pay only for spring semester tuition, or what counts as a "half-term" of tuition. Standard U of M tuition rates apply to the Semester in Detroit program; 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/winter semesters is generally applicable to the spring semester. 

Outside of tuition, students generally spend near the following amounts during the spring/summer 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. 

External scholarships for spring/summer semester:

Many colleges throughout U of M offer scholarships for students to complete internships during the spring/summer semesters. See below for a sample list of generous scholarships our students have received in the past. This is not a comprehensive list; we are happy to work with students to find other scholarships throughout the university.