The graduate training program at Michigan is 5 semesters long and includes 4 academic semesters (two in the 1st year and two in the 2nd year) and a clinical semester that occurs during the summer between the 1st and 2nd academic years. There are no tuition or registration fees during the third semester containing the summer clinical internships. Therefore, students pay tuition for only four of the five training semesters. The tuition per semester for 2019-2020, including fees, was approximately $24,316 for non-residents and $12,132 for Michigan residents. The tuition is set annually, usually in the summer, by the Regents of the University of Michigan.
A variety of resources are available to help our students support their educational training at Michigan. Resources include:
- The Genetic Counseling Program awards competitive fellowships/scholarships to our applicants. Details about these fellowships are provided during the interview process.
- Educational stipends from the McTague Educational Endowment to support student travel to educational conferences (available to both 1st and 2nd year students)
- The Neel Genetic Counseling Research Fellowship, a competitive fellowship for eligible second year students
- Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) positions. Genetic counseling students are eligible to apply for GSI positions in a variety of departments. In the past, students have taught undergraduate courses in biology, biochemistry, and biological anthropology. Compensation for GSI positions includes a tuition waiver and monthly stipend during semesters employed as a GSI. For more information, see: https://hr.umich.edu/working-u-m/my-employment/academic-human-resources/faculty-appointments/graduate-student-instructors-graduate-student-staff-assistants-appointment-guide
- Work-study programs and other employment. Genetic counseling students have been highly successful in securing work study positions. These positions have included working as research assistants for groups studying the genetics of colon cancer, prostate cancer and retinal disease and serving as clinical assistants to MD geneticists. For more information see https://studentemployment.umich.edu/
- Loans – federal, regional, state and local.
More specific fellowships are listed at the Fellowships office of the Rackham Graduate School and the Center for Education for Women. Applicants should also consider exploring scholarship directories available at their local libraries and campus career services offices.
To be considered for all possible forms of aid for which you may qualify, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form must be completed by March 31. When filling out your FAFSA, please make sure to add Rackham Graduate School to your list of schools. DO NOT ADD THE MEDICAL SCHOOL. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information about the FAFSA application.
Prospective applicants should feel free to contact the Program Director Beverly Yashar, the Associate Program Director Monica Marvin, or the Assistant Program Director, Beth Dugan, if they have specific questions.
Match Fee Waivers
The Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors has established a waiver for the $100 fee associated with the NMS Match. Prospective students who demonstrate financial need AND have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater can apply for a match fee waiver. Prospective students should apply for a fee waiver BEFORE registering for an NMS number.
Applications for the match fee waiver are due by October 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified on October 30, 2020 as to whether they have received a waiver. There are a limited number of waivers, so not all applicants will receive a waiver. Instructions for how to register for the NMS match will be provided to those who receive a waiver.
Waivers are non-transferable to future match cycles or other prospective students. Prospective students who are applying for a match fee waiver will be required to write a short essay and to upload at least one of the following documents demonstrating financial need:
- A copy of a letter on official letterhead from a government agency verifying that you or your family have qualified for public assistance based on low income criteria anytime within the past 5 years
- A copy of your financial aid award letter from another / previous institution dated within 5 the past years
- A copy of your approved GRE fee waiver (for tests taken within 5 years of the application deadline)
- A copy of your federal Student Aid Report (SAR) that verifies you qualified for financial aid within the past 5 years based on a family contribution* of:
- Not more than $1,500 if the student is a dependent student
- Not more than $1,900 if the student is an independent student
Here is the link to the Match Fee Waiver Application https://redcap.mountsinai.org/redcap/surveys/?s=CM9FDMPHE8