Paying for School

Wondering about how to pay for college?
What are the best financial aid options for you?
We asked Monet Tiedemann, who works at U-M’s Office of Financial Aid to share her expert advice.

Welcome to the University of Michigan! Our office provides financial aid assistance and guidance for students encountering financial barriers. I personally came from a rural community and my family, while both supportive and thrilled that I had the opportunity to attend college, really didn’t understand how to help me navigate the challenges that college academics and life presented. I often received direction and support from unusual and very non-traditional individuals: our dormitory’s housekeeper, the head cook at my first college job and a later employer who still serves as a mentor to this day. As a result, I have a special place in my heart for other first-generation students who have the skills and knowledge to be very successful in college but sometimes need a little extra direction or guidance. Don’t be shy. I’m here to help! You can also contact me directly if you have any questions.

Monet Tiedemann
Senior Financial Aid Administrator
Office of Financial Aid

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Emergency Assistance

  • Student Emergency Fund Page

    Student emergency funds are available for anyone on campus, and emergency funds are available from individual schools and colleges. Look at this website for more information about this.


First-Generation Scholarship

The Kessler Scholarship is the only scholarship on campus for first-generation college students to cover tuition. It is only available for incoming students. Students enrolling in any school or college and the Univeristy of Michigan are welcome to apply. Students must apply for the scholarship. If you do not receive an email by the end of February/early March, contact the Kessler staff ([email protected]) to learn when the scholarship application opens. 

Other Scholarships
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