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Funding Information for Graduate Students

Financial aid is available to CSE graduate students in the form of CSE Fellowships, research assistantships (GSRA), and teaching assistantships (GSI). New students are admitted at two levels, MS and PhD, depending on their qualifications. Students entering with a BS degree may be admitted at either level; however, only those with outstanding qualifications are admitted at the PhD level. Such students will normally obtain an MS en route to the PhD. Applicants who already have an MS degree can only be admitted at the PhD level.

An exceptionally attractive feature of our program is that students admitted at the PhD level are guaranteed full financial support for the MS/PhD studies, as long as they are making satisfactory progress, meet required milestones, and maintain a research advisor relationship. PhD-bound students are typically supported during the first year as fellows and/or GSRAs, and/or GSIs; all students are then supported as GSRAs in their second and subsequent years. Admission at the MS level is not accompanied by financial aid, although opportunities for financial support exist, especially for domestic students. Since availability of GSI positions is by a term-by-term basis, we advise our MS students to be prepared to fund their entire graduate education.

It should be noted that admission to the graduate program in CSE at Michigan is very competitive at the PhD level. Those who are admitted typically have excellent GPA and GRE scores, rank near the top of their graduating class at a highly-ranked university, and have strong and credible letters of support that document their specific accomplishments, including (where applicable) academic achievements, publications, industrial experience and PhD research potential.

Current graduate students can view more information about funding procedures and opportunities here:

Financial aid checklist

PhD students should read this information for new financial aid recipients for important dates, tasks, and expectations.
Information for new financial aid recipients >

Fellowship opportunities

Students can apply for a number of fellowships through the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School and external sources.
See information on fellowships >

Types of aid

Fellowships: CSE Fellowships are awarded based on merit with the majority of these awards given to incoming graduate students.   No application beyond Rackham’s Application for Admission is required. CSE Fellowships provide tuition and fees, monthly stipend for living expenses, and university healthcare and dental coverage. Recipients of a CSE Fellowship are required to identify an area of research and begin work with a faculty member within their first year of study.

Other University of Michigan Fellowship and Funding Resources:
External Fellowships Specific to CSE Graduate Students 
College of Engineering 
Horace H. Rackham Graduate School Fellowships and Recruitment Office 
Michigan’s Center for the Education of Women
Child Care Funding Resources

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) and Graduate Student Research Assistant (GRSA):GSI and GSRA positions are filled by both incoming and current graduate students, with the positions primarily being filled by students already in the program. Incoming students are offered GSI and GSRA positions based on their application materials. No additional form is needed. Current students wishing a GSRA position should contact faculty directly. Current students desiring a GSI position must take part in the departmental application process which takes place two times during the academic year. GSIs and GSRAs are usually expected to work 16 to 20 hours a week, receiving full tuition and fees, monthly stipend, and university health care coverage.

GSI Resources – U-M Center for Reseach on Learning and Teaching
GSRA Guidelines – U-M Human Resources

Loan information: Information regarding loans and FAFSA is available from the University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid (734) 763-6600.

Office of Financial Aid – Graduate Programs

Need-based aid for international students: Information for sources of loans and financial assistance for international students is available from the University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid (734) 763-6600.

Office of Financial Aid – Financial Aid for International Students 
Information regarding the cost of attending the University of Michigan