Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, June 22, 2012

Tuition increase at UM-Dearborn is the lowest since 2004-05

The Board of Regents has approved a 3.7 percent increase in undergraduate and graduate tuition for students at UM-Dearborn, the lowest tuition increase since the 2004-05 school year. The regents also approved the university's fiscal year 2013 operating budget.


View a fact sheet about tuition and the budgeting process at UM-Dearborn.

"While it is always a difficult decision to raise tuition, the university is committed to maintaining the academic quality of the university and making a Michigan education accessible to all students," said Daniel Little, chancellor of UM-Dearborn. "We are grateful for the thoughtful, thorough and inclusive way the governor and Legislature engaged the state's public universities in the budget process and we appreciate the reversal of years of declining state support of our public universities."

A typical in-state, full-time undergraduate student with 15 credit hours would pay an average of $5,241 in tuition and fees per semester starting in September. The cost of tuition and fees for graduate students varies from program to program.

UM-Dearborn also has increased its financial support budget by 15 percent to help offset student cost and ensure a Michigan education is accessible to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

This year, UM-Dearborn will see an increase in its state appropriation of 4.2 percent — or $882,500 — following last year's decline of 15 percent in state funding. This increase in state funding directly impacted the university's tuition rates and led to a lower tuition increase than in years past.

UM-Dearborn has redirected nearly $7 million from its operating budget over the past nine years to support expenditures of the highest priority. Savings have resulted from continued energy conservation measures, increased employee health care contributions and streamlining purchasing practices with the Ann Arbor and Flint campuses.