Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Financial Aid Information for Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)

Graduate Program in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE):

Financial aid is available to CSE graduate students in the form of fellowships, research assistantships (GSRA), and teaching assistantships (GSI) . New students are admitted at two levels, MS and PhD, depending on their qualifications. Students entering with a BS degree may be admitted at either level; however, only those with outsanding qualifications are admitted at the PhD level. Such students will normally obtain an MS en route to the PhD. Applicants who already have an MS degree can only be admitted at the PhD level.

An exceptionally attractive feature of our program is that students admitted at the PhD level are guaranteed full financial support for the MS/PhD studies, as long as they are making satisfactory progress, meet required milestones, and maintain a research advisor relationship. PhD-bound students are typically supported during the first year as fellows and/or GSRAs, and/or GSIs; they are supported as GSRAs in their second and subsequent years. Admission at the MS level is not accompanied by financial aid, although opportunities for financial support exist, especially for domestic students. However, availablity of GSI positions is by a term by term basis. We advise our Master's students to be prepared to fund their entire graduate education.

It should be noted that admission to the graduate program in CSE at Michigan is very competitive at the PhD level. Those who are admitted typically have excellent GPA and GRE scores, rank near the top of their graduating class at a highly-ranked university, and have strong and credible letters of support that document their specific accomplishments, including (where applicable) academic achievements, publications, industrial experience and PhD research potential.

Continuing students are encouraged to apply for EXTERNAL FELLOWSHIPS as means of increasing their support and strengthening their resumes.


CSE Fellowships are awarded based on merit with the majority of these awards given to incoming graduate students.   No application beyond Rackham's Application for Admission is required.   Fellowships provide tuition and fees, monthly stipend for living expenses, and university health care coverage.   Recipients are required to identify an area of research and begin work with a faculty member within the first year of study.

Other University of Michigan Fellowship and Funding Resources:
External Fellowships Specific to CSE Graduate Students
College of Engineering
Horace H. Rackham Graduate School Fellowships and Recruitment Office
Center for the Education of Women
Child Care Funding Resources

GSI and GSRA positions are filled by both incoming and current graduate students, with the positions primarily being filled by students already in the program.    Incoming students are offered GSI and GSRA positions based on their application materials.   No additional form is needed.   Current students wishing a GSRA position contact faculty directly.   Current students desiring a GSI position must take part in the departmental application process which takes place two times during the academic year.   GSIs and GSRAs 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
GSRA Guidelines

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

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

General Graduate Information

Please refer to the Graduate Homepage of the EECS Department for information concerning the Graduate Program in general, including admissions.