University of Michigan free tuition plan: What you need to know

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ANN ARBOR, MICH. - The University of Michigan unveiled a plan to cover the cost of tuition for all in-state students whose family's income is under $65,000.

Here's some common questions and answers about the plan:

Question: Who is eligible for the plan?

Answer: Any in-state student - both current or future - whose family's income is under $65,000. The plan starts in January 2018.

Q: I'll be enrolled at U-M this fall. Will I have to pay this fall's tuition bill? What about spring?

A: Yes, you'll have to pay this fall - or use the current financial aid promised to you. Then, the university will recalculate your aid package starting January 2018 and let you know how the free tuition will affect you, university officials said.

Q: How will the university determine my family's income? What if my parents are divorced?

A: The university will use the current financial aid rules, which means that in some cases they will look at income from both a custodial and a non-custodial parent.

Q: It will cover my tuition. What about my room and board or books?

A: It will only cover your tuition. You will have to use other financial aid or loans or pay for your housing, food and books.

Q: How many years will it cover?

A: It will cover four years - or eight semesters - of tuition.

Q: Does it cover graduate degrees? What about a second bachelor's degree.

A: No.

Q: Where I can get more information?

A: The university has set up a web site at

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