Tuition, Fees & Financial Assistance

Our goal is to make the Biological Station affordable for every student who wants to attend.  We offer both need-based and merit-based financial assistance. Applying is easy.  See "Scholarships and Financial Assistance" below.

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 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.

Tuition and Fees

2016 Student Tuition and Fees

note: posted tuition rates are based on Registrar's listing for LSA/Rackham fees. Other schools' tuition rates may differ slightly.


Spring Session*
(5 credit  hrs.)

Summer Session
(10 credit  hrs.)


Undergrad       Grad

Undergrad      Grad

   Michigan Resident

$2,853 (L)                  
$3,213 (U)      $5,713

$3,916 (L)                  
$4,425 (U)       $5,713


$9,023 (L)                   
$9,658 (U)    $11,563

$12,555 (L)                  
$13,445 (U)   $11,563

   Room and Board



   Facility Fee (& deposit)



   Registration Fee



   Commuter Fee (only for students not living at the Station)



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

*Special Fees and adjusted tuition apply to the 2-week Spring II class, Field Methods in Great Lakes Oceanography

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

UMBS offers the following scholarships and financial assistance. To apply for this support, please complete the UMBS 2016 Application Part II (Scholarships and Financial Assistance) and return it to our office.  

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 Scholarship.

UMBS Scholarships

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

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 students at UMBS.

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

Joel T. Heinen Undergraduate Support Scholarship
Funds to support undergraduate students taking classes at UMBS.

Istock Family Scholarship
Scholarship to benefit UMBS students with financial need.

Lowe Family First Summer Student Scholarship
Award to student spending their first summer at UMBS.

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

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 an LSA or Program in the Environment (PitE) student.

Fred and Avery Test Scholarship
Provides support for students at UMBS 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 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.

Fellowships for Students Conducting Research