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2. Tuition and Fees

The Regents of the University determine tuition and fees, which are subject to change without notice. Information about average student expenses is available from the Office of Financial Aid. For programs that require an enrollment deposit (Ann Arbor programs), the deposit is applied to tuition for the term to which the student is admitted and is not refundable. Mandatory fees are for Registration, Michigan Student Assembly (MSA), Student Legal Services, and Rackham Student Government. Students are responsible for paying University fees unless they receive a financial aid award that covers them.

The Registrar provides an annual schedule for the Ann Arbor campus which lists tuition and fees for each school and college with Rackham degree programs. Tuition is based on the number of credits a student elects during a term and on the student’s residency status. A tuition reduction of 50 percent, exclusive of fees, is available to qualified students age 65 or older. Students eligible for reduced charges should contact the Registrar. Tuition and fees are different at the Dearborn and Flint campuses. Please consult these campuses for further information.

Residency Regulations and Tuition

The University has a tuition structure with different rates for Michigan residents and students from out-of-state. To be eligible for resident classification, a student must demonstrate compliance with the University’s Residency Classification Guidelines. The Residency Guidelines are independent of those used by state authorities to determine residency for purposes such as tax liability, driving, voting, etc. Students are responsible for applying for admission and registering under the correct University residency classification. Those who believe they are eligible to be classified as Michigan residents should consult the Registrar for the circumstances under which they need to file a Michigan residency application. Such persons include those who have lived or worked outside the state within three years of application.

University Assistantships

Depending on the appointment fraction, Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and Graduate Student Staff Assistants (GSSAs) receive tuition grants under the terms of the University’s collective bargaining agreement with the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO). Graduate Student Research Assistants (GSRAs) with appropriate appointments receive tuition grants according to University policy. For information, contact the Office of Academic Human Resources.

Indebtedness to the University

Students must pay all accounts due the University in accordance with regulations established by the Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of the University. Students failing in their financial obligations to the University will have a hold credit placed on their account that may prevent them from registering or receiving transcripts or diplomas.


2.1 Required Fee Totals for the Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) Degree

The Required Fee Total (RFT) designates the number of fee hours (or credit hours) for which tuition has been paid that a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) student accumulates (within certain conditions) during the degree program. Precandidate tuition is not charged for more than 9 credit hours per full term (5 for a half term or up to 9 for a combined spring/summer term). Students who enroll for more than 9 credit hours in a full term (including the spring/summer term) are assessed tuition for a maximum of 9 credit hours and earn 9 fee hours. For example, a precandidate enrolled for 9 or more credit hours in a full term earns a maximum of 9 fee hours per semester. A candidate enrolled for at least 8 credit hours earns a maximum of 8 fee hours. A candidate who pays for an additional course earns corresponding fee hours.

DMA students must accumulate at least 36 fee hours to be recommended for candidacy and a total of 68 fee hours to receive the doctorate. If a student has earned a master’s degree from an accredited institution that the School of Music, Theatre & Dance deems relevant to the DMA, the RFT may be reduced to 18 fee hours to be recommended for candidacy, and 50 fee hours to receive the doctorate. A student requesting credit for a non-Rackham master’s must contact the program. This request does not guarantee approval by the School of Music, Theatre & Dance or the Graduate School.

Courses taken outside the University that may be used to satisfy the cognate requirement for the doctorate (section 5.2) and courses elected during candidacy that are taken without tuition charges (section will not be counted toward the RFT.

Occasionally a student will lack a few fee hours needed to advance to candidacy or to receive the degree. With the exception of the 18 credit hours required to be recommended for candidacy, students may elect to not enroll for the missing fee hours but to pay for these at the student’s current appropriate tuition rate per credit hour.

Last updated: June 23, 2017 - 8:05pm