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Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) Cost Estimates

GSRA/GSI/GSSA Stipend and Compensation

Updated for AY2017-2018 on July 10 and July 18, 2017 

Note: These are minimum recommended levels and can be set higher, based on the policies of individual schools and colleges. Please verify with your unit. Departments and principal investigators will continue to have the flexibility to set GSRA stipends at rates above this minimum. 

U-M Campus GSRA
Stipend Rate for Four Calendar Months
Stipend Rate for Four Calendar Months
U-M Ann Arbor, UM-Dearborn, and U-M College of Engineering


UM-Flint $14,270 $17,499

Tuition Waiver

As in the past, a GSRA with an appointment of 25% or more will pay no tuition (i.e. 100% tuition waiver).

GSRA Average Tuition Rates

(Updated for AY2017-2018 on July 10, 2017)

To facilitate budget preparation, charge average tuition rates to sponsored projects, regardless of the number of credit hours for which the GSRAs are enrolled. 

Term(s) Campus


Fall, Winter Terms 2017-2018 



General Campus 

$11,373 - General
$11,468 - Engineering
Source: Office of Budget and Planning, Spreadsheet (Received July 5, 2017 from OBP)

Spring, Summer Half Terms 2017-2018  General Campus and Engineering $5,189 
Source: Office of Budget and Planning, Spreadsheet (Received July 5, 2017 from OBP)
Spring-Summer Term 2017-2018 General Campus and Engineering $5,189 
Source: Office of Budget and Planning, Spreadsheet (Received July 5, 2017 from OBP)

GSRAs with candidacy status

Tuition charges for GSRAs with candidacy status are not averaged, but are charged at the established rates, which vary by school and college. Please see the U-M Office of the Registrar's Tuition Tables for the candidacy cost for each of the school and colleges.

Tuition Fellowship

Project Directors should check with their Dean's office to determine if their unit is participating in the tuition fellowship program. Each School or College will determine the level of the tuition fellowship to be provided and the conditions under which such tuition fellowships will be awarded (e.g., appointment level of the GSRA). The resident (in-state) tuition that remains after the fellowship is applied must be included as a charge to the sponsor. Since Schools and Colleges must provide the funds for the tuition fellowships from their annual budget allocations, the Dean's office should verify/approve if the tuition fellowship is to be cost-shared and thus, the level of charges to be included in the sponsor's budget.

GSRA Health Care Benefits

(Updated January 2017)

GSRAs with appointments of 25% or greater are eligible for GradCare health care benefits rather than the University staff benefits program. The University cost of GradCare up to $643 per month through December, 2016 and $TBA per month thereafter may be underwritten by the sponsored project in the case of a GSRA or by participating training grants.

GradCare Plan 1/01/2017 - 12/31/2017

Effective January 1, 2017, Under GRADCARE, the monthly premiums are

 Grad student only:


 Grad Student + 1 adult:


 Grad Student + children:


 Grad student + adult and children:


A graduate student enrolled in GradCare during a Winter Term and the following Fall Term will also be eligible for coverage during the Summer Term.

Taxes on Salaries and Fellowships or Tuition Waivers

Stipends/Compensation payments to GSRAs are subject to federal and state income taxes because they are deemed "reasonable compensation" for University work in connection with research or teaching assignments.

Tuition Waivers are granted as fringe benefits in the form of a non-taxable qualified tuition.

U-M Human Resources' web pages provide detailed information on the Graduate Student Assistantship Program appointments and other concerns.


  • If you have a question on the GSRA funding itself you will want to speak with either Rackham or more likely the financial aid office of your specific School or College (e.g. Engineering, Medical School, Information).
  • If you have a question on GSRA Tuition Rates, contact the Office of Budget Planning (734) 615-1525
  • If you have a question on how the GSRA funding is reflected in a budget for a sponsored project or research proposal you will want to speak with a research administrator in your school or college. You can look up the name of your department contact in the Blue Pages.
  • If you see an error or have an update for this page, please contact Constance Colthorp, Communications Manager,, (734) 647-4587