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Tuition, Fees, & Financial Assistance

Our goal is to make the Biological Station affordable for every student who wants to attend. We encourage you to apply for financial aid both through us, and through the U-M Office of Financial Aid. PLEASE NOTE: The U-M Office of Financial Aid will award Spring/Summer aid on a first-come, first-served rolling basis starting on Feb. 1. Apply as soon as possible for priority consideration.

UMBS offers both need-based and merit-based financial assistance. Applying is easy and rolled into the online course application.  See "Scholarships and Financial Assistance" below for more information.

Biological Station tuition is assessed by the University of Michigan according to the half-term tuition rates set by the Board of Regents of the University and is subject to change. Tuition is based on College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) rates, and may vary if you are enrolled in another U-M school or college. Guest students pay "upper division" tuition. Student fees for all students will be invoiced by University of Michigan Student Accounts.

2022 Student Tuition and Fees coming soon. For now, we left the 2021 information below for reference.


Tuition and Fees

2021 Student Tuition and Fees

Note: Posted tuition rates are based on 5 or 10 credits using the U-M Registrar's listing for LSA/Rackham students. Tuition rates for other schools may differ slightly. You are should confirm your tuition rate with the official schedule at the Office of the Registrar.

2021 Spring Half Term (5 Credits)** Summer Half Term (10 Credits)
  Undergrad Grad* Undergrad Grad*
Michigan Resident Tuition

$3,264  (L)

$3,684 (U)


$3,880  (L)

$4,380 (U)

Non-Michigan Resident Tuition

$10,834  (L)

$11,594 (U)


$12,690 (L)

$13,875 (U)

Registration & Fees $107.10 $107.10 $107.10 $107.10
Room & Board N/A N/A $408 $408

*Credit-adjusted tuition and Room & Board rates apply to Art in NatureIntro Biology LabIntro Chemistry Lab and the Great Lakes Arts, Cultures, and Environments Program.

L= freshmen and sophomores, U = juniors and seniors and guest (non-U-M) students.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

To apply for our our scholarships and financial assistance, please complete our Financial Aid Application (the same one that appears at the end of our Course Application). Once you have applied, UMBS staff reviews your applications and awards you scholarships from our various funds. 

The financial aid portion of the application form takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. To speed the process, you may wish to have these items easily available:

  • Your health insurance card
  • a 1 page personal statement describing your goals for your time at UMBS (merit-based aid applicants only)
  • a PDF of your unofficial transcript (merit-based aid applicants only)
  • Your or your parents' most recent Federal Income Tax Return (need-based aid applicants only)
  • Date of your most recent tetanus immunization (year)
  • Date of your meningococcal vaccine (year)

We recommend that University of Michigan students seeking need-based aid also apply to the U-M Office of Financial Aid and LSA students look into the College's Spring/Summer ScholarshipPLEASE NOTE: This year, the U-M Office of Financial Aid will award Spring/Summer aid on a first-come, first-served rolling basis starting on Feb. 1. Please apply as soon as possible for priority consideration.

UMBS Scholarships

Students do not apply to specific scholarships, although the list below includes examples of what financial assistance is available. 

Dr. Elzada Clover and Dr. Lois Jotter Cutter 
Student Scholarship
Undergraduate student financial support for spring or summer term.

Cathy Bach and Brian Hazlett Student Research Fund
Provides need-based undergraduate student research support in behavior and ecology, allowing them to conduct independent research with a faculty member while enrolled concurrently in one summer session field class at UMBS.

Howard A. Crum Student Scholarship
Scholarship support students studying at UMBS.

Douglas Lake Improvement Association Scholarship
A competitive scholarship to partially support a student who is a resident of Northern Michigan to attend the spring or summer session. Supported by the members of the Douglas Lake Improvement Association.

Frank Caleb & Margaret Thompson Gates Student Scholarship
Several annual awards to assist UMBS students.

Marian P. and David M. Gates Scholarship for Non-Residents
Award to assist out-of-state students who plan to study at UMBS.

Istock Family Scholarship
Scholarships for UMBS students with financial need.

Lowe Family First Summer Student Scholarship
Award to students spending their first summer at the Biological Station.

George E. Nichols Undergradute Scholarship
Support for out-of-state or international undergraduate students in LSA who are studying at UMBS.

James L. Plafkin Memorial Scholarship
An annual need-based award to a student who is studying aquatic ecology.

Schrank Family Scholarship
One award annually alternating for student in LSA or Program in the Environment (PitE).

Fred and Avery Test Scholarship
Support for UMBS students with financial need.

Dr. Edward G. Voss Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship support for undergraduate students to attend UMBS with a preference for students interested in botany or entomology.

Gary and Gussie Williams Scholarship
Scholarship for a student who is teaching science or pursuing a degree in science education.

UMBS Returning Student Award
Awards to returning students who are in their second or subsequent summer at the Biological Station. Funded by alumni and friends of UMBS.