Below is a description of a sample financial aid notice from U-M. When you receive your notice, read all pages including links that are part of your agreement to accept federal aid funds. Page 2 of the notice offers instructions about what to do next, details the cost of borrowing, and covers consumer information about the university.
Information from your financial aid application such as income, assets, family size, as well as residency status, program, and enrollment determines your eligibility for aid and what type of funding you will receive.
If any of the information listed on your notice is incorrect, contact the Office of Financial Aid and the appropriate university department to correct it.
Personal Information highlights include:
[A] Primary Career and Grade Level: This section includes your level (undergraduate or graduate/professional) and your school or college based on information from the Office of the Registrar.
[B] Residency Status: Residency at time of admission determines your tuition rate. Contact the Office of the Registrar at 734-764-1400 or visit the RO page on residency.
[C] Enrollment: We assume full-time enrollment for aid purposes; students must be enrolled at least half-time to receive aid. We will monitor your enrollment and changes may reduce or cancel aid, even after you receive your funds. See Required Reading for details.
[D] Estimated Cost to Attend
This section shows the estimated amount it costs to attend U-M for the period covered by your financial aid notice. This includes both what you must pay the university directly and what you will pay for related expenses (books, entertainment, transportation, etc.).
Your actual expenses may vary; periodic student surveys determine personal costs and estimates of typical aid.
The estimated cost to attend includes:
- [E] Tuition & Fees as charged on your student bill
- [F] Housing and Meal Costs (on or off campus) and
- [G] Other Costs which can include books, supplies and personal expenses.
[H] Financial Aid Offer
This section lists your financial aid notices for each term. If you receive scholarships or grants (money that is not repaid), they will fall under the Gift Aid section. [I]. We subtract this from your cost to attend, leaving you with Your Cost to Attend [J].
The remaining sections in the financial aid notice offer you options for paying this amount and can include:
Work-Study: This federal program allows you to apply for Work-Study jobs and earn a paycheck to help you pay for college.
Loans: These are funds that students borrow from the federal government or other lenders. Loans must be repaid when students graduate or stop attending school. Federal loan repayment begins six months after you graduate, withdraw, or drop below half-time status. Borrow only what you need.
Other Resources: These can include VA benefits, third-party credits, or pre-paid tuition plans, among others.
Funding listed on your notice that does not include an asterisk (*) is funding you are receiving from another source. It is your responsibility to confirm this with the sponsor(s) and report any changes to the U-M Office of Financial Aid.
Your financial aid notice also includes a link to further instructions and certification that it is assumed you will read and understand, explaining your rights and responsibilities for accepting financial aid.
You will receive an email from the Office of Financial Aid when you have a new or revised financial aid notice. Visit Wolverine Access and log in to view it.