Funding Your Degree

A graduate education is a significant investment. We are pleased to offer scholarships and other resources to MHI students.

MHI Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees for the Master of Health Informatics program are listed on the U-M Office of the Registrar Tuition and Registration Fees page under "Graduate Joined Degree Programs." For information regarding Michigan residency status, see U-M Guidelines for Qualifying for In-State Tuition.

Scholarship Information

Program Scholarships

Individuals who complete and submit a complete application for admission by the preferred admission deadline of January 15 will be considered automatically for priority funding. Applicants are eligible for scholarship consideration on a rolling basis after January 15. There is no additional scholarship application.

University of Michigan Health Informatics Achievement Fellowship

U-M Health Informatics Achievement Fellowships are structured to assist eligible students with two semesters of support consisting of tuition, required fees, health and dental insurance, and a stipend of $9,675 (adjusted annually each September) per semester followed by two additional semesters of full tuition support.

 The Achievement Fellowship is open to newly admitted students who:

  1. have a record of superior academic achievement (e.g., grade point average, honors, or other designation);
  2. are U.S. citizens or permanent residents;

 And meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan;
  2. have demonstrated commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By diversity, we mean efforts to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender, or to improve race relations in the U.S.;
  3. have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances;
  4. are first-generation U.S. citizens or are the first generation in their families to graduate from a four-year college.

Decisions for this fellowship are based on application materials; there is no separate application required.

Peace Corps Partnerships

The University of Michigan Master of Health Informatics program (MHI) and the U.S. Peace Corps have partnered to promote positive impact in the world, reduction of disparity, and improvement of the quality of life for all. Through our Peace Corps partnership, students can apply their unique skills and knowledge to advance health through usable and responsive information technologies Two paths allow students to combine a Health Informatics graduate education with Peace Corps service:

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program
The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program offers financial support to those who have served in the Peace Corps prior to enrolling in the Master of Health Informatics (MHI) program. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will use the skills they developed abroad to complete internships in underserved U.S. communities, gaining valuable professional experience.

Masters International Volunteer Program
Masters International Volunteer Program is an internationally focused program in which students complete their first year of the MHI program, use that knowledge while completing volunteer service in the Peace Corps, and then return to Michigan to complete their degree. Masters International Volunteer participants work abroad as Peace Corps volunteers for 27 months and gain hands-on, real world experience, as well as language, cross-cultural, and technical training. Masters International Volunteers in the MHI program fulfill their internship requirement through the completion of Peace Corps service, in addition to financial support.

Evan Hale Bliss Health Scholarship in Health Informatics

Created by three U-M School of Information graduates, Nancy A. Bliss, Kenlee Ray and Maureen M. Moore, this scholarship is the first to be created by individuals for the Health Informatics program. It is named in memory of Evan Bliss, who worked for the Henry Jackson Foundation in health data collection and analysis on HIV/AIDS treatments in various projects in Africa and Eastern Europe.

Matching Funds 

1. MHI students who receive an external scholarship prior to their first term of enrollment or through their first year (12 months) of enrollment are eligible for up to $10,000 in matching funds, depending on the award amount, the level of funding already awarded by MHI, the remaining unmet need for cost of attendance, and the availability of funds remaining in the annual matching funds budget. Admitted students who receive an external award should submit the original award statement (keeping a copy for personal records) with a request for matching funds to hi.admissions@umich.edu.

2. All MHI matching funds will be applied towards student tuition expenses within the two-year (four-semester) MHI program. Note that MHI matching funds apply to scholarship awards only, not to tuition support provided via employee benefit programs or government sponsored tuition payment programs.

External Scholarships

You are encouraged to seek additional funding from external scholarships. For more sources, please visit the U-M Office of Financial Aid index of scholarship search tools. Below, we list two organizations who offer scholarships specifically for MHI students.

AHIMA Foundation

Awards are available for students pursuing masters degrees in health informatics and who are current American Health Information Management Association members.

HIMSS Foundation

Scholarships are awarded each year for student members of the Health Information Management Systems Society who are pursuing graduate work in a field related to Health Information Management.

Financial Aid

Learn from the U-M Office of Financial Aid how to apply for various resources as a graduate student. Additionally, there are many opportunities to secure employment as a graduate student in the MHI program. Although the MHI program requires a significant amount of time and effort, most students find they are able to work 10-20 hours per week. Keep in mind that GSI and GSRA positions can require a significant time commitment.

Alternative Ways of Funding an MHI Degree

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Positions

Students in good standing in U-M graduate degree programs may apply for Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) or Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA) positions. GSIs and GSSAs teach or support teaching efforts in an academic area in which they have experience. Students may seeks GSI and GSSA positions in any U-M unit. To apply for open GSI positions:

  • Go to umjobs.org.
  • Click “Graduate Student Appointments.”
  • MHI students who are interested in teaching should contact the undergraduate department they would like to assist to see if it is hiring GSIs for the term.
  • Begin your search by exploring large undergraduate courses. If you are extremely qualified, then apply to the more specialized undergraduate courses.
  • Obtain letters of recommendation early in the process and be persistent.

Graduate Student Research Assistantships (GSRA)

Students in good standing in U-M graduate degree programs may apply for Graduate Student Research Assistantships (GSRA). GSRAs assist others who are performing research. Students may seek GSRA positions in any U-M unit. Students should attempt to identify members of the faculty whose research interests are similar to their own, and contact faculty members directly.

Loan Forgiveness Programs

A number of loan forgiveness programs are available to master's-level graduates, particularly for those who pursue work in public service. A few of these programs are listed below. It is important to remember that these programs are administered based on certain types of loans, and consolidation may affect your eligibility. Be sure to seek assistance when considering consolidation to make sure you are not disqualifying yourself from thousands of dollars in potential loan forgiveness.

Veteran and Service Member Programs

The U-M Student Veterans Assistance Program provides information regarding support available for student veterans and active service members, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill and other programs.

Additional Funding Resources

 

The Health Informatics Admissions Team is here to help.

If you have questions on the application process, feel free to contact hi.inquiries@umich.edu or call 734-647-7705.