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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Determining how you’re going to pay for your college education is an important consideration. Whether you are a prospective or current Stamps undergraduate or graduate student, the University of Michigan has many resources to help you get financially equipped for college.

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Financial Support for Prospective Students

Visit our Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions sections to learn about applying for financial aid on the Federal- and University-level, important deadlines, and other information for prospective students.

Financial Support for Current Undergraduate Students

In addition to the financial aid students can apply for at the University level, Stamps students are also eligible for additional financial support.

Emergency Funding

The Stamps Student Emergency Fund can help Stampers who encounter unexpected emergencies during their degree program. Whether it’s to cover costs associated with housing, emergency travel, food expenses, technology access, medical and dental expenses, or other one-time unanticipated expenses, this fund helps our students in their greatest times of need. Apply here. Additional emergency funding for undergraduate students is also available. Questions? Contact the director of student life.

International Experience Funding 

The Stamps Inter­na­tional Expe­ri­ence is an exciting degree requirement for BFA students and BA students who reside in the U.S. Most financial aid can be used for education abroad. Furthermore, the Stamps School offers travel awards for students with demonstrated need to help defray additional costs. Some semester-long programs cost less than studying on the Ann Arbor campus! Passport scholarship awards are available for students without U.S. passports. Matriculated students have access to a comprehensive website and exclusive events about funding support for their international experience.

Internship Grants

Not all intern­ships are paid — or pay well enough to keep stu­dents afloat in New York City, San Francisco, and other cities with high costs of living. Stamps Internship Grants help to alleviate this strain — and play a critical role in helping our students pursue their dream jobs with gusto. Apply here. Questions? Contact the career development coordinator.

Scholarship Support

All applicants to the Stamps School of Art & Design are automatically considered for need and merit-based scholarship support — including support for computer package requirements. No need to fill out separate applications — your admissions application to Stamps has you covered.

Student Professional Development Grant

The grant is available for Stamps students who are seeking financial support to expand their creative portfolio, contributing to their growth as an artist or designer. It supports the development of skills, knowledge, and frameworks that artists and designers need to advance professionally. Examples of approved grant requests involve attending conferences or workshops, or to help with exhibition-related expenses outside of Stamps. Professional development funds cannot be used for costs associated with meeting the requirements of a degree program. Grants typically do not exceed more than $250 per applicant. Apply here. Questions? Contact the director of student life.

Financial Support for Current Graduate Students

Stamps provides generous financial support to graduate students. Financial awards are held throughout both years of study and range from stipends and discretionary funds that offset studio expenses and enable focused creative work to teaching/​research assistantships and full tuition waivers. Visit the Rackham Graduate School website for detailed, up-to-date information on cost of attendance, funding resources, financial planning, and cost of living for graduate students at the University of Michigan. Questions? Contact the graduate program coordinator.

Financial support includes:

Tuition Assistance

Stamps offers 75% Tuition Assistance for all Stamps Graduate students in good academic standing. 

Emergency Funding

The Stamps Student Emergency Fund can help Stamps students who encounter unexpected emergencies during their degree program. Whether it’s to cover costs associated with housing, emergency travel, food expenses, technology access, medical and dental expenses, or other one-time unanticipated expenses, this fund helps our students in their greatest times of need. Apply here.

Graduate Assistantship Positions with Stipends & Health Care Benefits

Students have access to numerous teaching, staff, and research assistantships that provide valuable professional experience.

MDes/​MFA Discretionary Funding

Graduate students may receive $2,000 per year that they enroll in the Stamps School to spend at their discretion towards their educational projects.

Student Professional Development Grant

The grant is available for Stamps students who are seeking financial support to expand their creative portfolio, contributing to their growth as an artist or designer. It supports the development of skills, knowledge, and frameworks that artists and designers need to advance professionally. Examples of approved grant requests involve attending conferences or workshops, or to help with exhibition-related expenses outside of Stamps. Professional development funds cannot be used for costs associated with meeting the requirements of a degree program. Grants typically do not exceed more than $250 per applicant. Apply here.

Summer Fieldwork Funding

Summer Fieldwork Funding supports a three- to five-week summer research project, conducted either domestically or internationally, for all MDes graduate students who are in good academic standing. The project will take place during the summer after the first year. Up to $4,500 is provided in support of summer fieldwork.

Summer International Experience Funding

The Stamps Inter­na­tional Expe­ri­ence is a crit­i­cal hall­mark of your degree. It is required for MFA students who reside in the U.S. The Stamps School offers awards for students with demonstrated need to help defray costs associated with international travel. Cost should not be the deciding factor of where you go and what you learn — and International Experience grants are one way that Stamps can help.

Smucker-Wagstaff Project Grant

The Smucker-Wagstaff Project Grant was established in 2007 to help Stamps graduate students achieve excellence by supporting students who need assistance to carry out research for their creative work that advances their progress toward their degree. Students may apply for one award each year with a maximum amount of $3000.

Stamps Post-Graduate Funding

Stamps Graduate Programs support a variety of scholarships, presentations at conferences, residencies, individually funded projects and post-graduate opportunities. Recent graduate students are eligible to apply for funding opportunities up to five years after graduation. Post-graduate support is not an obligation of Stamps graduate programs, it is merit-based funding that is reviewed by the Associate Dean’s office and graduate program directors. Funds are disbursed as reimbursement.

Additional Graduate Student Financial Support

Additional financial support for graduate students is also available through: