Policies & Compliance
- Principles of Excellence
- Compliance with the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018
- 8 Keys to Veteran Success
- Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”)
- Establishing In-State Tuition Eligibility Through Service
- Priority Registration
- State of Michigan House Bill 4060
Principles of ExcellenceTop
Prior to enrollment, provide students a personalized form covering the total cost of an educational program
A personalized shopping sheet that covers the total cost of your current educational program is available through Wolverine Access prior to enrollment.
To find your shopping sheet, start at your Wolverine Access page:
- Select the Students tab, and click the Student Business tile to log in with uniqname and password.
- Select the Student Center tile and click on the link for Financial Aid
- Click the current aid year
- Under Fall-Winter totals there is a link for “Shopping Sheet”
Additional information about tuition and other estimated costs are found on our Costs to Attend U-M page. Current tuition for all degree programs is located at the Office of the Registrar. A sample shopping sheet is here.
Provide educational plans for all military and veteran education beneficiaries
Please look at the 280 degree programs & majors at U-M.
They will provide specifics on their degree program. Since your degree program will be specific to YOUR needs and educational outcomes a further degree program will be discussed by you and your advisor during new-student or transfer-student orientation.
Do not participate in fraudulent or aggressive recruiting techniques or misrepresentation
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor does not pressure any student to attend this university. In fact, we encourage students to gather information about our school, compare it with others, and make the right decision for themselves. We are a founding member in the Consortium of Michigan Veteran Educators a network of all public universities, colleges, and community colleges in the state of Michigan. Its purpose is provide student veterans access to reputable schools offering quality degrees.
Provide accommodations for service members and reservists absent due to service requirements
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is mindful of the service obligations to our students who are still serving in the military either through active service, National Guard, or reserve obligation. We encourage all students who are facing a service requirement to contact your academic advisor or academic department. We also encourage students who are facing absence due to military service to see our military deployment webpage.
Designate a point of contact for academic and financial advising
The general point of contact for all veterans and members of the military is Phil Larson, the Veteran and Military Services Program Coordinator. Other resources are listed on our U-M Vet Resources and Contacts Page, including the contacts for financial aid, LSA Advising and Engineering Advising.
Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students
The University of Michigan upholds to the highest of academic standards and practices. The University of Michigan is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in the North Central Associate of College and Schools (NCA). The NCE is one of six regional agencies that provide institutional accreditation to institutions of higher education.
Please go to the accreditation page to explore the background on the accreditation process and to view our 2000 and 2010 accreditation report.
Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV
The University of Michigan refund policies comply with Federal Government Title IV funding.
All refund information is found at our Office of Financial Aid site.
The University of Michigan is a signatory to the “Principles of Excellence.”
Compliance with the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018Top
The Department of Veteran Affairs strictly enforces policies governing enrollment certification and payment of veterans’ educational benefits. Students receiving VA educational benefits should be aware of the following information that will affect receipt of benefits while enrolled at the University of Michigan.
The University of Michigan will not impose penalties upon any students using Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill®) or Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) education benefits who are unable to meet their financial obligations to the university due to delayed tuition and fee disbursement from the Department of Veteran Affairs. This includes the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, institutional facilities, or the requirement to borrow additional funds to cover tuition.
To prevent penalties, all students utilizing Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 benefits will be required to submit the following to the Office of the Registrar, Veterans Certification Department, no later than the first day of classes for a term.
- Certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance or Statement of Benefits obtained from the Department of Veteran Affairs’ website. For Chapter 31 recipients, VA form 28-1905 is required.
- Completed Veterans Certification Request form.
Students with Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility of less than 100% will be required to pay the difference between their financial obligation, and the amount expected from the VA, before the established due dates unless other arrangements are made by mutual agreement with the University.
Students may be subject to penalties 90 days after the date tuition and fees are certified or the date in which payment from the VA is made to the institution.
8 Keys to Veteran SuccessTop
Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for veterans
The University of Michigan has established the U-M Council on Student Veterans, made up of various key offices and departments across campus including Admissions, Counseling Center, Financial Aid, VA Benefit Certification, Disability Office, Academic Advising, Housing, U-M student veteran organizations, and Veteran and Military Services. This website connects current student veterans and prospective student veterans, as well as supporting our faculty and staff in their assistance of students who have served. We communicate with our student veteran population through Facebook, e-mail, and face-to-face meetings.
Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership
Veterans and Military Services works across campus and off campus with stakeholders and others to further develop the services offered on campus. We also arrange meetings between our student veterans organization and U-M leadership.
Implement an early alert system to ensure all veterans receive academic, career, and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming
U-M requires all undergraduates to attend academic-specific orientation before they register for classes. In addition, the university hosts a second, separate, orientation for student veterans. Our school and college advisors meet with all students whose GPA falls below a 2.0, and with students whose instructors feel may be experiencing an academic crisis. Help with behavior, health, or emotional issues are coordinated through the Dean of Students Office.
Coordinate and centralize campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creation of a designated space for them (even if limited in size)
Because of our size and our very decentralized schools and colleges, a single designated space is not practical. However, we have central point of contact for all student veterans/military students. We also have a strong presence on Facebook, and a dedicated team approach to helping veterans and military succeed.
Collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for veterans
Veteran and Military Services partners with the Business Engagement Center and Career Center to provide opportunities to veterans and military members. VMSP also acts as a conduit for businesses, corporations, and government agencies wishing to target veteran/military students for recruitment. We are a VITAL and Vet Success campus, which means U-M has someone on campus from VA Healthcare (VITAL) and VA Benefits (Vet Success) periodically throughout the semester. U-M also has contacts with other veterans organizations including the American Legion and VFW. We partner with the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center through the Depression Center’s M-SPAN program, the School of Social Work, UMHS, the Department of Psychology, and the Veteran and Military Services Program.
Utilize a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on veterans, including demographics, retention, and degree completion
U-M was a nationwide leader in the institutional collection of data at the admissions point of entry into the university. Along with other institutions, we advocated asking if students were Veterans, Active Duty Military, National Guard or Reserve, or Dependents. We are actively gathering information on persistence and graduation rates of veteran and military students.
Provide comprehensive professional development for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to veterans
The university has been informed of services for veterans since fall 2008. Since that time several events and training sessions have taken place to educate the campus community, including the 2010 Symposium on Student Veterans, yearly student panels during Veterans Day celebrations, and the 2013 M-SPAN “National Research Summit on Reserve Component Military Families.” The Program Director for Veteran and Military Services attends several conferences, symposiums, or consortium meetings a year discussing programs and research that support student veterans and military members.
Develop systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for veterans
We conduct periodic surveys, and work with our student organization leadership as well as the leadership of the university, to keep the program sustainable and effective.
Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”)Top
The Michigan State Approving Agency, under the authority of the Department of Veteran Affairs Education Central Office, deemed the University of Michigan’s in-state tuition policy compliant with federal requirements under section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 for terms beginning after July 1, 2015.
The University of Michigan will charge in-state tuition to any individual using educational assistance under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty Program), Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation), Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill) of title 38, United States Code, and/or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship while attending the University of Michigan (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).
If an individual exhausts their benefits under Chapter 30, Chapter 33 of title 38 of United States Code and/or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, they may be eligible for an extension of in-state tuition eligibility if the following conditions are met:
- The individual has, within the prior 24-month period, used at least 12 months of the above benefits at the University of Michigan before the benefits were exhausted.
- The individual is in an undergraduate degree program and is making progress toward degree completion at the time the benefits are exhausted.
If approved, in-state tuition at the University of Michigan will be extended for either a) a period of up to 24 months, or b) until the individual attains their first undergraduate degree, whichever occurs first. Students must be continually enrolled for the duration of the extension of in-state tuition eligibility; a lapse in enrollment may result in termination of the extension.
The Veterans Certification Department requires a completed application for the in-state extension.
Non-degree students and students enrolled in graduate, professional, or postgraduate programs who have exhausted their benefits under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty Program),Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill®) of title 38, United States Code, and/or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship are NOT eligible for extension of in-state tuition eligibility under this policy.
Establishing In-State Tuition Eligibility Through ServiceTop
You also may qualify for in-state tuition, without regard to your legal residence, by demonstrating any of the following:
you are serving on active duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Merchant Marine, or Coast Guard;
you are a reservist in one of those branches;
you were honorably discharged or received a general discharge under honorable conditions from one of those branches or their reserve component;
you are serving as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service;
you are the spouse or dependent child of someone living or stationed in Michigan who is serving in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Merchant Marine, or Coast Guard, whether on active duty or as a reservist; OR
you are the spouse or dependent child of someone living or stationed in Michigan who is serving as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service.
To establish eligibility by demonstrating service, you must complete the Application for In-State Tuition on the Basis of Service, truthfully and timely. Online application for residency
Residency Classification Office
Office of the Registrar
LSA Suite 5000
500 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382
Veterans of the U.S. military services, active duty service personnel and persons serving in the National Guard or Reserves, as identified via receipt of VA education benefits or through the Veterans and Military Services Office, will receive enrollment appointment on the first day of available enrollment dates/times appropriate for their student status.
State of Michigan House Bill 4060Top
Sec. 275b. (1) Each public university receiving funds under section 236 shall ensure that the public university does all of the following in its admission application process if it knows that an applicant for admission is currently serving, or has ever served, as a member of the military, the national guard, or the military reserves:
Inform the applicant that he or she may receive academic credit for college-level training and education he or she received while serving in the military. Military credit for college
College-Level Military Credit will be evaluated by a student’s academic department. It must comply with all stipulations outlined here (transfer credit page). The University of Michigan does not accept credit for experiential or “on-the-job” learning, only credits from classroom type work will potentially be counted as academic credits toward a U-M degree.
Inform the applicant that he or she may submit a transcript of his or her college-level military training and education to the public university.
This will be done by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and by the Veteran and Military Services Program
If the applicant submits a transcript described in subdivision (b), evaluate that transcript and notify the applicant of what transfer credits are available to the applicant from the public university for his or her college-level military training and education.
The evaluation of credits, the awarding of credits and the notification of the credits awarded are all done through the student’s academic department. Students must submit all required documentation to their academic department for a thorough review.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.