Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Financial Aid Information for Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

PhD Applicants

Students admitted to the doctoral program in Electrical and Computer Engineering receive financial aid for the anticipated duration of studies (five years for students entering with a BS, four years for students entering with an MS), assuming satisfactory progress is made. Financial aid is offered by the doctoral program when admission is offered, and consists of a fellowship, a research assistantship, a teaching assistantship, or a combination thereof. This aid normally includes a tuition waiver, stipend (currently $28,000 for 12 months) and health care.

Students entering with an external fellowship will see their award adjusted to reflect the external support. As a condition of admission, students must report external fellowship with documentation of the award to the graduate program coordinator.

Master's Applicants

The EECS Department has limited financial aid to award to master's students at the time of application. Master's students are encouraged to apply for fellowships from sources outside the Department. Many of the more common fellowships and other funding sources are listed below.

Funding Resources

University and External Sources

Rackham Merit Fellowship

The Rackham Merit Fellowship (RMF) and CoE Master’s Fellowship (CMF) are funding opportunities for newly admitted students.  The RMF provides full funding during the funding of the 1st and 4th year of PhD studies while the CMF provide funding of $10,000 for Michigan residents, $20,000 for non-Michigan residents.

Admitted students are automatically  considered for the awards based on the information in their official admission applications.

We look for domestic/permanent resident students who have a record of superior academic achievement as well as meet one of the following criteria:

  • come from an educational, cultural, or geographical background that is underrepresented in graduate study in your discipline in the United States or the University of Michigan (You cannot meet this criteria using your race/ethnicity/gender/sex/sexual orientation);

  • have demonstrated a commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations.  By diversity, we mean efforts to reduce social, educational, or economic disparities based on rasec, ethnicity, or gender, or to improve race relations in the U.S.;

  • have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances;

  • are first generation U.S. citizens or first generation in their families to graduate from a four-year college.

To strengthen your official admission application for this fellowship, we recommend that your personal statement addresses how you meet one (or more) of the criteria listed above, and how this experience influenced you as a person and potential graduate student.

College of Engineering Student Awards

The College of Engineering recognizes undergraduate and graduate students who make outstanding contribution to the University both in and out the classroom.  These awards focus on academic work, leadership experience, and service.

The awards specifically for graduate students are the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement, Distinguished Leadership Award, Harry B. Benford Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and the Marian Sarah Parker Prize.

View on College of Engineering website.

Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA)

A GRSA performs personal research (including thesis or dissertation preparation) or assists others performing research that is relevant to his or her academic goals.

GSRA positions are filled by both incoming and current graduate students. Doctoral students are given priority. GSRAs are usually expected to work 16 to 20 hours a week, receiving full tuition and fees, monthly stipend, and university health care coverage.

  • GSRA Guidelines
  • Students interested in a GSRA position should contact faculty directly.

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)

A GSI coordinates, leads, or insists in the instructional process in direct interaction with students. This includes class sessions, office hours, recitation, laboratory, quiz, or problem sessions.

GSI positions are filled by both incoming and current graduate students. Doctoral students are given priority. GSIs are usually expected to work 16 to 20 hours a week, receiving full tuition and fees, monthly stipend, and university health care coverage.

  • GSI Handbook
  • Students desiring a GSI position must take part in the departmental application process which takes place two times during the academic year (November and April).
    • If you are a non-native speaker of English, you must take and pass the Oral English Test (OET) before you can be places as a GSI. You are still eligible to apply before taking the test.
    • All guaranteed financial aid students are placed first. The remaining students will be placed on a waitlist.
    • The waitlist priority is established by number of semesters in program and then academic performance.
    • Faculty can recommend you, however, faculty preference will be considered at the time students are assigned from the wait lists.
    • Adjustments to the course you are assigned to could occur based on department needs.

Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA)

A GSSA performs administrative, counseling, or educational duties within the department other than those of a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI).

GSSA positions are filled by both incoming and current graduate students. Doctoral students are given priority. GSSAs are usually expected to work 16 to 20 hours a week, receiving full tuition and fees, monthly stipend, and university health care coverage.

Loan Information

Information regarding loans and FAFSA is available from the University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid (734) 763-6600.

Office of Financial Aid - Graduate Programs

Need-based Aid for International Students

Information for sources of loans and financial assistance for international students is available from the University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid (734) 763-6600.

Office of Financial Aid - Financial Aid for International Students
Information regarding the cost of attending the University of Michigan