U-M will test new approach to reaching high-achieving, low-income students

U-M’s commitment to access for economically disadvantaged students is not new, but the outreach is changing.

The new approach involves developing a unique package of admissions information, including a step-by-step guide for applying to U-M and vouchers to provide free access to key portions of the application process.

For those students who apply and are admitted to U-M, the payoff is huge: A HAIL (High Achieving Involved Leader) scholarship that provides four years of free tuition and required fees—a $60,000 value.

“Our financial aid package for low-income students is the best among all colleges and universities in the state, usually covering the full cost of tuition at our Ann Arbor campus,” said Pam Fowler, U-M director of financial aid. “HAIL is an important new way to get the attention of families and make them aware of what is available to them at Michigan.”

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