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Information for Parents and Families

Learn more about supporting your student as they apply to Stamps.

A close-knit community exists at the Stamps School of Art and Design. We are committed to a culture of care that is conducive to a positive, well-rounded educational and creative experience for students. 

Having a strong support system helps students thrive in their studies as they work toward earning their degree. We are here for both students and their families, and encourage families to use this website as a resource to help navigate the Stamps School’s application process.

Stamps Admissions Requirements

For students who are interested in applying to Stamps, here are some quick facts about our requirements:

  • U‑M does not require ACT/SAT test scores for students applying for Fall 2023 

  • At Stamps, we look for at least a 3.0 GPA

  • A portfolio of work must be submitted for consideration

For detailed information, view full application information and instructions.

Affording the Dream of a University of Michigan Degree

We know you and your student put a high value on a quality educational experience, and that it is often necessary to pull together a wide variety of resources to create an exceptional and affordable four year journey. At Stamps, we are here to guide you and support you on the process for financing the pursuit of a degree. 

Current tuition information and information on opportunities for financial aid is readily available to students and their families, along with the helpful tips many families rely on to help with costs. 

For Michigan residents, the University of Michigan offers the popular Go Blue Guarantee, an innovative and free tuition program for qualified students.

To apply for federal student aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using U‑M’s federal code 002325. The FAFSA is expected to be available in December at no cost to students. You will be considered for Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant, and Federal Direct Loans as well as the Michigan Competitive Scholarship, Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver, and Work-Study.

If you wish to be considered for U‑M grants and merit scholarships that address need, as well as Stamps need-based scholarships, you should also complete the CSS Profile using U‑M’s CSS code 1839 to ensure that we receive your information. The CSS Profile is available on October 1 each year.

    All Stamps students are considered for merit-based scholarships at the time of application — there’s no extra” scholarship form to fill out. Our Undergraduate Handbook has more information about current student scholarship offerings that are available after your student completes their first year at Stamps.

    Learn more about U‑M Financial Aid for new undergraduates and transfer students.

    Important Deadlines

    Help students submit materials by these key dates to qualify for financial aid, scholarships, and opportunities to live on campus.


    Get started on your financial aid: the CSS Profile (school code 1839) is available on October 1.

    If you’re a transfer student applying to start in the Winter semester, October 1 is your application deadline. You should also submit the current FAFSA as soon as possible — ideally, by October 1.


    First year students who have all application materials in by the Early Action Application Deadline of November 1 will receive their admissions decision earlier on in the process. For many students, this earlier decision date enables better planning. View full application information and instructions here. Applying Early Action increases your chances of admission and allows you to be considered for the Rogel Scholarship, which meets a student’s remaining unmet need after financial aid and grants. 


    The new FAFSA is expected to become available in December.

    December 15 is the suggested filing date for the FAFSA (school code 002325) and U‑M CSS Profile (school code 1839) for first year and transfer students applying for Fall admission. Applicants who file their financial aid application by this date and are admitted will receive a preliminary financial aid package sooner.


    Your Common Application and Slideroom portfolio must be submitted by the February 1 Regular Decision Application Deadline to be considered for Fall admission. View full application information and instructions here.


    March 31 is the Financial Aid Filing Deadline for submitting the FAFSA (school code 002325) and U‑M CSS Profile (school code 1839). We recommend that you complete these applications by March 1 to ensure that they are received by the deadline.

    Special Events for Students & Families

    A student and her family member at commencement

    Application Prep (Virtual)

    This series of free virtual workshops is designed to introduce students to admissions processes at Stamps. We'll walk participants through personal essays, portfolio preparation, and overall application strategy, helping students feel confident as they press “submit” on their college application.

    Application Prep meets online on Wednesdays, Oct. 4-25, 2023 from 5-6 pm EDT for a total of four sessions.

    A student and family members sit, smiling, at commencement

    Career Connections (Virtual)

    In this series of free, virtual panel discussions, recent alums will talk about how Stamps helped to prepare them for their creative careers.

    • Stamps Alumni Panel: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023, 6-7:30 pm EDT

    • Art + Biz, with Rose Jaffe: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, 6-7:30 pm EDT

    • Creating With Emerging Tech, with Beatriz Lozano: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023, 6-7:30 pm EDT

    A student and family members gathered in front of work at the 2022 Senior Exhibition

    Financial Aid Navigation (Virtual)

    You’ve got questions on how to pay for an education at the University of Michigan's Stamps School of Art & Design: Are there scholarships available? How does financial aid work? How do I complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile? In this Zoom event, members of the U-M Office of Financial Aid will walk you through every step of the financial aid process.

    This event takes place online on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023 from 6-7:30pm EST.

    Students gather around a pottery wheel to watch a demo in the Stamps Ceramics studio.

    Undergraduate Open House (In-Person)

    You’ve learned how to get your application ready, discussed creative careers with Stamps alums, and prepared to apply for financial aid. Now, join us for a free, in-person event at the Stamps School of Art & Design to meet our community, enjoy refreshments, talk through any last-minute questions, and tour the facilities.

    This event takes place in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023 from 10am - 12pm EST and is free of charge, but space is limited: register today.


    We’re Here for You

    Our dedicated team of experts is ready to help. The Stamps Admissions Team is happy to work directly with you and your student to ensure they get their questions answered and their materials submitted. Contact us at stamps-​admissions@​umich.​edu!