Office of the Provost

Annual Tuition Letter FY 2010-11

In July 2010, Provost Phil Hanlon sent the following letter:

Dear University of Michigan Students and Families,

The Board of Regents approved the University’s budget and set tuition and fees for the 2011-2012 academic year at their June meeting. Tuition rates vary by program and student level. However, most resident undergraduate rates will rise by 6.7%. Increases for full-time resident undergraduates range from $399-$700 per term. Most non-resident undergraduate rates will increase by 4.9%. Full-time non-resident undergraduate students will see an increase of $891-$1,204 per term. Rates for most graduate programs will go up by 4.9%. Room and Board is separately assessed and will increase at a rate of 3%.

The new tuition and fee schedule can be found at It is important to note, however, that this message is not a bill. The email notification for the official bill will be sent the second week in August with payment due for the Fall Term on August 31.

Developing our budget and setting tuition is particularly challenging given the economic circumstances of the state and the nation. As the Regents and the administration develop a budget and set tuition each year, two top priorities are to maintain and advance the excellence of our educational programs and to ensure access to the University by students from all economic backgrounds. We have consistently boosted financial aid for students with demonstrated need from year to year, and this year’s budget includes a 10.9% increase in centrally awarded financial aid for undergraduates.

We are mindful of the effects that the continued economic climate may have on our students and their families. If your circumstances have changed, or change over the next year, you may be eligible for assistance even if your family has not qualified for financial aid in the past. For detailed information regarding financial aid, please see the Office of Financial Aid.

The annual appropriation from the State of Michigan plays a key role in setting tuition and fees. Our FY2012 budget includes a 15% reduction ($47.5 million) in the state appropriation, the largest cut in the history of the University. Given the historic reduction in state support, on-going cost containment measures will continue to be implemented to enable continued investments in the academic enterprise and increased financial aid. For additional information on these efforts, please see the Michigan Model for Financial Strategy & Cost Control.

Your tuition helps support the quality teaching, learning opportunities, undergraduate research experience and respected scholarship that make a University of Michigan education one of the best in the world. Through prudent fiscal management, we are committed to continuing to provide the same high quality education to the current generation of students as was provided to previous generations.

I hope that you are enjoying the summer and are looking forward to the start of the academic year.

Yours truly,

Philip J. Hanlon
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

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