U-M Financial Aid
The University of Michigan has made a commitment to meeting the demonstrated financial need of Michigan resident undergraduates. Financial need is demonstrated through students' completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Students who experienced foster care after their 13th birthday qualify as independent students on the FAFSA per their response to Question 53 which asks if the student experienced foster care after the age of 13. Need-based scholarships and grants, loans, and work-study funds are awarded to eligible in-state students whose cost of attendance exceeds their financial resources. Most Blavin Scholars receive a need-based financial aid package comprised of a combination of grants, scholarships, and work-study that provides for their tuition, fees, books, supplies, housing, and meals. To learn more about the various financial aid types that Blavin Scholars are eligible or check out the How Aid Is Awarded page on the U-M Office of Financial Aid website.
The Blavin Scholarship complements the existing financial aid package by awarding up to $5,000 per year toward the cost of attendance at U-M. The Blavin Scholarship can be used to cover remaining expenses related to the cost of attendance as allowed under financial aid policy and Blavin Scholars Program, such as study abroad experiences through U-M, health expenses incurred during the term, and additional needed educational supplies. The Blavin Scholarship makes it possible for many Blavin Scholars to earn an undergraduate degree with few or no student loans. We have assigned liaisons within the Office of Financial Aid that work closely with prospective and current Blavin Scholars to address questions and concerns related to financial aid and paying for college.
There are also other financial support programs in the state of Michigan for students who have experienced foster care that Blavin Scholars may qualify for. For more information about additional financial support programs and helpful tips for applying for financial aid, check out the Fostering Success Michigan Getting to Know...Financial Aid (pdf) guide and visit the Additional Resources page.