Paying for School

Wondering about how to pay for college? What are the best financial aid options for you? We asked Vickie Crupper, a first-generation college graduate who works at U-M’s Office of Financial Aid to share her expert advice:

“Welcome to the University of Michigan! I have worked here for over 20 years in the Office of Financial Aid. Our office provides financial aid assistance and guidance for students encountering financial barriers. I personally came from a rural community and my family, while both supportive and thrilled that I had the opportunity to attend college, really didn’t understand how to help me navigate the challenges that college academics and life presented. I often received direction and support from unusual and very non-traditional individuals: our dormitory’s housekeeper, the head cook at my first college job and a later employer who still serves as a mentor to this day. As a result, I have a special place in my heart for other first-generation students who have the skills and knowledge to be very successful in college but sometimes need a little extra direction or guidance. Don’t be shy. I’m here to help!”

Below is list of useful links that our office put together to help you learn about your options for paying for college. You can also contact me directly if you have any questions.”

Vickie Crupper
Associate Director for Client Services
Office of Financial Aid



Center for the Education of Women (CEW) advances diversity and inclusion at the U-M by serving as a resource, voice and advocate to empower women and nontraditional students. The Center provides services and financial support, including career and education counseling, to ensure educational success and degree completion. CEW also serves those who encounter education and career obstacles based on their non-linear paths to, and experiences within, the University community. The Center also offers Critical Difference Grants offered to graduate students and nontraditional undergraduate students (including first-generation) for unexpected financial emergencies. All students are welcome to use CEW resources.

The LSA Global Experience Scholarship is committed to providing financial support to students participating in U-M international programs. LSA students can apply through M-Compass for the LSA Global Experience Scholarship. This assistance should be coordinated with the Office of Financial Aid.

The LSA Internship Scholarship for current students provides scholarships of up to $5,000 to support internship experiences to qualified LSA freshmen, sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated financial need. This scholarship provides internship support for experiences in the spring and summer terms. The internship must be secured before applying. Because this assistance can impact aid eligibility for spring and/or summer, please work closely with the Office of Financial Aid if you are considering an application for the internship scholarship.