Funding Your Education

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 2018-2019 is approximately $23,000 for nonresidents and $11,500 for Michigan residents.  The tuition is set annually 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 UM Genetic Counseling Program offers a number of 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, visit: Academic Human Resources.
  • Work-study programs and other employment. Genetic counseling students have been highly successful in securing federally awarded work-study positions (via FAFSA application). 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 Student Employment.
  • 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 between October 1 and March 1, prior to admission to the program. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information about the FAFSA application.

Prospective applicants should feel free to contact the Program Director Beverly Yashar or the Associate Program Director Monica Marvin if they have specific funding questions.