A college education is a big investment, but scholarships are an excellent way to make your higher ed experience more affordable. And unlike another form of financial aid – student loans – scholarships are gift money that never have to be paid back!
At University of Michigan U-M, scholarships are awarded based on several criteria including academic achievement, personal talents, interests, or leadership qualities, financial need, or a combination of these. Awards often reflect the university’s commitment to achieving a diverse student body. While a separate application is required for some scholarships, most require only your university admission application.
Below are five important steps to make sure you receive full consideration for all scholarships. If you are a graduate student, visit us here. Study abroad scholarship information can be found here.
First things first: Apply for financial aid
We encourage all students to apply for financial aid so they receive full consideration for scholarships. Entering and prospective students should visit the New Undergraduates page. Information for continuing students may be found here. You do not need to be admitted to U-M to complete your application for aid.
Apply to U-M to be automatically considered for most scholarships
Your application to the university serves as your application for the majority of our scholarships. Freshman and transfer students should complete and submit either the Common Application or Coalition Application and provide all required documents by the application deadline.
More details about scholarship types can be found in each section below.
Complete My Scholarship Profile to round out your information
Once you are admitted, submit additional information about yourself to help us know more about you.
The My Scholarship Profile feature in the Campus Finances section in Wolverine Access collects and securely stores your information, and makes it available to scholarship administrators across campus. Some donor-provided scholarships awarded by the schools and colleges and the Office of Financial Aid need this additional detail. No separate application is required.
Review awarding criteria and apply for these scholarships
A few scholarships do require a separate application, and can be based on merit, financial need, or other criteria. The list below will help you determine if you meet the criteria and should apply during the annual application period.
Finally, explore opportunities for other scholarships
Local civic and professional groups, U-M alumni, state governments, and other organizations offer scholarship opportunities for college students. Helpful resources are below.