Tuition Reset FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

The details are found below about University of Detroit Mercy Assure Your Boundless Future Tuition Reset.

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    Why is University of Detroit Mercy resetting tuition?

    University of Detroit Mercy recognizes that understanding the real cost of a private education is challenging due to the high price/high discount (scholarship) models used by private institutions. This is what makes state universities and private universities different. Because private universities do not receive funding from the state similar to public universities, private universities and colleges provide significant institutional scholarships and awards to help make tuition more affordable for families. However, this is one aspect of a private university that is not well known. As a result, families often view the published sticker price of tuition and decide to look elsewhere, thinking they cannot afford the cost.

    Unfortunately, many students and families are not inclined to apply because of the high tuition price, thus forgoing any opportunity to learn more about scholarships and awards. They are unaware that few actually pay a college’s published tuition and that the real cost is considerably less due to a private university’s ability to offer generous institutional scholarships and financial aid awards.

    By resetting the published tuition price, the Assure Your Boundless Future Tuition Reset provides students and families a more precise and real cost to attend Detroit Mercy. By reducing tuition to $28,000, the University is in an even stronger position to attract more academically talented students and their families who were previously deterred by the high tuition cost and never seriously considered the University as a possibility. The reset also provides a better value overall, since the quality and reputation of Detroit Mercy’s programs continue to increase as student success and achievement rise.

    A New Energy

    Over the last seven years, Detroit Mercy has experienced a new energy as a result of many positive developments. Some of the recent developments at Detroit Mercy include the following:

    • Overall enrollment is high, including four years of new student enrollment increases;
    • The University retention rate remains steady;
    • National rankings continue to rise;
    • Detroit Mercy’s endowment has doubled since 2011; and
    • Several federal and private grants have been received to support first-generation students and academic success, STEM programs and local secondary students.

    In addition, the University has increased activity in neighborhood enhancement efforts through the Live6 Alliance and service-learning projects. Detroit Mercy also announced in 2019 the achievement of our comprehensive $100 million campaign goal. Although more is still required to complete specific aspects of this campaign, the University has achieved this goal more than a year ahead of schedule. Most importantly, a significant proportion of which will support endowed scholarships for students. And with new, renovated facilities, the University is poised to support enrollment growth for many years.


    Who is eligible to receive the new tuition rate?

    All full-time undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled at the University of Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus for the 2018-19 academic year. This includes full-time undergraduate students who transfer to Detroit Mercy in Fall 2018. It does not include international students and those enrolled at satellite campuses or in special, already discounted programs, such as those offered at Macomb Community College, Wayne County Community College District or McNichols programs that are already discounted.


    When did the new tuition rate go into effect?

    The new tuition rate went into effect starting with the 2018-19 academic year.


    Will Detroit Mercy continue to offer financial aid and scholarships?

    Yes. We will continue to offer exceptional scholarships and need-based grants. This tuition reset also means that students who qualify for state and federal financial aid awards such as Pell, SEOG and the Michigan Tuition Grant will now be able to stretch their federal and state aid even further. This will significantly reduce their out-of-pocket costs. This lower tuition will also make it possible for students to save more in the future, because annual increases, which have ranged from 3 to 4 percent, will be set from a lower base tuition.  With a lower published tuition, the need for financial aid will be lower, so these awards will be adjusted to compensate for reduced need.

    (Find out more about freshman scholarships.)


    Will graduate, School of Law or School of Dentistry tuitions change with this new program?

    Not at the present time.  Although we are exploring tuition costs for these programs, at the moment, this reset only applies to full-time undergraduate students (U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents) enrolling or re-enrolling at the McNichols campus beginning in fall 2018.


    Will tuition ever return to the current level?

    It is difficult to predict future increases in tuition, and Detroit Mercy will make decisions about future increases in the most judicious manner possible. Annual tuition increases at the University have typically averaged 3 to 4 percent in recent years. But for students who returned for the 2018-2019 academic year and received a recalculated financial aid package under the tuition reset, they ended up in a better position financially. They paid less overall because the financial aid package they would have received based on the 2017-18 tuition rate would have included a 3.5 percent annual increase for the next academic year. For the 2019-2020 academic year and beyond, any tuition increase would be as nominal as possible and based on our new and significantly lower tuition price.

    How will the new tuition rate impact current students?

    With a lower published tuition, every student’s financial need will be lower. Students who returned for the 2018-2019 academic year received a recalculated financial aid package under the tuition reset that was proportionally reduced. Lower tuition means that students who qualify for state and federal awards (i.e., Pell, SEOG and the Michigan Tuition Grant) will see those dollars go further and reduce their out-of-pocket costs. Lower tuition also means that returning students will save in future years because annual increases will be set from a lower base price.  Each individual financial aid package is based on an individual’s personal financial situation. Therefore, as soon we receive a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, we can provide more detailed information on each student’s personalized package.


    Will academic or extra-curricular opportunities be affected?

    Absolutely not. Nothing has been cut or eliminated from the educational experience (in and out of the classroom). Detroit Mercy has always offered a high-quality education, and retaining that level of strength while reducing our tuition will improve our best values equation. The exceptional academic and experiential learning opportunities that define a Detroit Mercy education will now be offered at a lower price.  The Assure Your Boundless Future Tuition Reset means we are encouraging more academically talented students to take advantage of our transformational Catholic, Jesuit and Mercy-based education. 


    How can Detroit Mercy afford to do this?

    Detroit Mercy can do this because helping students and parents clearly understand the true cost of attending the University does not cost the University any revenue. University of Detroit Mercy has a history of fiscal resourcefulness and careful expense management. For the past several years, we have conducted considerable pricing analyses and research regarding the tuition reset. We have learned that the combination of what students actually pay for attending college after financial aid (net cost) and the increased demand created by a lower published tuition should provide Detroit Mercy with a realistic and sustainable model. We have taken steps to limit our overhead costs and reduce our tuition while still preserving the high-quality education Detroit Mercy is known for.

    The University and our students have experienced a new energy over the past few years — a new brand in 2016, increasing enrollment, rising national rankings, deeper, more substantial commitment to neighborhood enhancement and news of a comprehensive campaign that has achieved its $100 million goal. This momentum, in conjunction with the renaissance of Detroit, offers the University a chance to attract accomplished, high-achieving students who wish to earn their degree and develop their community leadership skills in a dynamic, diverse, invigorated city. Detroit Mercy is assisting students and parents by giving them an opportunity to take a closer look at the university and make an educated, informed decision about which college to attend. As a result, the University will increase the number of academically talented students who enroll at the institution. The higher revenue we achieve as a result of higher enrollment will offset any revenue lost as a result of the lower tuition price.


    Will this tuition reset result in lost tuition to the institution?

    For the most part, no. Detroit Mercy has been actively and purposefully positioning itself to rely on core operating revenues from tuition and auxiliary services. Our new tuition model is based on lowering both the published price and the discount, so that most students’ net price — and therefore the university’s net revenue — is largely unchanged.


    Are alumni and donors being asked to give more as a result of the reset?

    University of Detroit Mercy alumni and friends have always been an important part in helping students with financial support, and this will not change. One of the University’s strategic priorities is to increase contributions to our endowment, which will help limit the amount of future tuition increases. With this reset, donor investments designated to scholarships will go further in covering the net cost for students to attend the institution. This incentive, given the heightened awareness among the general public about the issue of college affordability, gives Detroit Mercy confidence that more alumni and friends will contribute to the endowment. The initial response from our alumni and friends has been very positive. Every dollar contributed after the tuition reset will now go much further in expanding access to opportunities for students at the University.


    Spokespersons for the Assure Your Boundless Future Tuition Reset

    Individuals interested in learning more about the Assure Your Boundless Future Tuition Reset may contact these individuals, who will be happy to answer questions.

    Antoine Garibaldi, Ph.D.

    Pam Zarkowski
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Arnold D’Ambrosio

    Vice President for University Advancement

    John Staudenmaier, S.J.
    Assistant to the President for Mission & Identity

    Deborah Stieffel
    Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

    Mark Denham
    Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Education

    Neal Rosenburg
    Dean, College of Health Professions

    Katy Snyder
    Dean, College of Engineering and Science

    Joe Eisenhauer
    Dean, College of Business Administration

    Will Witting
    Dean, School of Architecture

    Mike McNamara
    Chair of the Board of Trustees
    Office of the President

    Gary Erwin
    Associate Vice President for Marketing & Communications

    Gary Lichtman
    Director of Media Relations

    Tyra Rounds
    Executive Director of Admissions

    Monica Williams
    Dean of Students and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs

    Lanae Gill
    Director of Residential Life

    Lynn Vitale
    Director of Transfer and Graduate Admissions

    Jenny McAlonan
    Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships

    Ben Westphal
    Current Detroit Mercy Student—junior
    De La Salle High School

More questions?

The following areas are ready for your calls and emails about the Assure Your Boundless Future Tuition Reset.

For new student inquiries, contact

Phone 313-993-1245
Web Admissions homepage

For Financial Aid inquiries:
Phone 313-993-3350
Web Financial Aid homepage

For more general inquiries, you may contact the Marketing & Communications Department:
Phone 313-993-1254