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EMU Foundation

Student Support

Many Eastern Michigan University students struggle to meet the financial challenge of getting their degrees. More than 60% receive some level of scholarship aid. More than 75% must work part-time or take time off to meet financial obligations, often delaying their dreams of a college degree.

Facts about Student Aid at EMU

For generations, Eastern's value has been access to a high-quality education without having to mortgage the future. We open doors to deserving students from modest backgrounds, and provide support for students who could not otherwise afford to attend. With tuition on the rise, scholarships are essential in attracting the best students.

  • Each year, Eastern Michigan awards more than $49 million annually in financial aid.
  • More than 76% of EMU students receive some type of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans, work studies and assistantships.
  • EMU currently ranks fourth highest out of the Michigan four-year public institutions in the number of undergraduate students with high need.
  • In 2017-18, 41% of EMU undergraduate students were eligible for a federal Pell Grant. 
  • The 2016 senior class at EMU graduated with an average of $29,565 in loan debt, just slightly under the national average of $37,172 and comparable to the state of Michigan average of $29,450.

In the face of a recovering state economy — and narrowing opportunities for those without college degrees—the needs of deserving students are expanding beyond our ability to meet them.

Building upon a proud tradition of national leadership in the preparation of teachers, EMU is committed to sustaining this level of excellence but to do so, we need your help. A major effort is underway to increase the number of scholarships.

Scholarships may be funded on an annual basis with the entire amount of the gift used to provide financial assistance, or they may be endowed. Endowed funds are critical to the future of EMU. An endowment ensures that scholarships will be awarded in perpetuity.


Priorities for Scholarships and Financial Aid

To keep Eastern affordable for the increasing number of students who need financial support to participate at Eastern, and to ensure that the University can continue to attract and retain the strongest possible student leaders, we seek support from our alumni and parents, faculty, staff and friends for the following priorities:

Need-based Financial Aid

To offset the education costs for deserving students and to accelerate their academic experience.

Merit-based Scholarships

To help Eastern attract, compete for and retain high-achieving students.

Study Abroad Scholarships

To address the financial challenges of study abroad initiatives that develop increasingly important global perspectives and language proficiency.

Financial Aid Beyond the Classroom

To offset the costs of research projects or professional conferences for qualified students who might not otherwise be able to participate.

EMU Foundation is located at 112 Welch Hall, 850 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti, MI, USA 48197 Phone: 734.484.1322