Facing medical bills or need low-cost assistance for your health and well-being? This page provides resources.
First, let us offer some advice: Do your best to avoid bills as much as possible. See How to Avoid or Minimize Medical Bills.
On this page:
- Central places for U-M student support
- Low-cost health care
- Health insurance / coverage
- Prescription assistance
- Health charities
- Financial assistance
- Dental clinics
- Legal advice, conflict resolution and guidance
- Food, shelter and other assistance
- Resources for students with chronic illness
- Resources for pregnancy options (links to ArborWeb)
- Resources for alcohol and other drugs
- Resources for stress and mental health
The Dean of Students Office (DOS) is a central place for students, parents, faculty and staff to seek assistance in navigating the complex issues of campus life; receive support; evaluate individual needs and review options for problem solving; and learn about available resources for a student struggling with a challenge or unmet need. Call 734-764-7420 or email DeanofStudents@umich.edu.
You can also contact the UHS Managed Care and Student Insurance Office, where staff can guide you through your options.
U-M students, UHS is your campus health resource. For currently enrolled U-M students, most services are covered by the health service fee, paid with tuition. For what's covered and what's not, see Fee or Free for Students. To discuss costs or a bill from UHS, contact the Business Office at 734-764-7380.
Are you between terms or did you just graduate? Consider purchasing the UHS Prepaid Plan for access to UHS services.
Other local low-cost health clinics:
Packard Health - two locations:
3174 Packard Road, Ann Arbor, Phone 734-971-1073
501 N. Maple Road, Ann Arbor, Phone 734-926-4900
- Hope Medical Clinic, 518 Harriet St, Ypsilanti, 734-484-2989
- The Corner Health Center, serving ages 12-25, at 47 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti, 734-734-484-3600
- For a list of other low-cost health clinics, see ArborWeb
U-M offers health insurance plans for purchase:
For public assistance, see:
- Michigan Helping Hand: Helps Michigan residents facing economic hardship find the services they need
- Michigan Health Care Programs Eligibility: Provides a description of programs as well as who is eligible.
- Michigan Department of Human Services, Washtenaw County office, 22 Center St, Ypsilanti, MI, 48198, phone 734-481-2000. Determines eligibility for government-funded medlcal programs, as follows:
- MIChild: Coverage for children age 18 & under from families with income above Medicaid limits. Monthly premium of $5/family covers immunizations, dental care, prenatal care and delivery, vision and hearing care, and mental health care. Call 888-988-6300 toll-free.
- Medicaid: Insures certain Michigan residents below the federal poverty level: blind or otherwise disabled people, those age 65 & over, pregnant women, and—through the Healthy Kids program (888-988-6300)—children age 18 and under.
- Washtenaw Health Plan (Washtenaw County Public Health Department): Uninsured county residents who meet income requirements can get health coverage for primary care from local doctors, clinics, and other services, including specialty care, hospitalization, and prescription drugs. Note: Students are NOT eligible for this plan.
- Partnership for Prescription Assistance - Helps patients in need find ways to access prescription medicines for little or no cost through patient assistance programs. Phone 888-4ppa-now
- U-M UHS Pharmacy - May assist in obtaining medications. Phone 734-764-7387.
- Michigan Drug Prices.com - Helps you compare prices among pharmacies. Provided by the Michigan Department of Community Health. Also links to drug discount programs.
- Community Health Charities of Michigan - Lists health charities, e.g. American Diabetes Association, American Arthritis Foundation
- Lions Club - Assists people with sight-related issues. Phone 734-780-2135.
- Student Emergency Funds - From the Office of the Provost, this list is for U-M students, including:
- Michigan Crime Victim Compensation - Assists victims of crimes with medical bills
- U-M Center for the Education of Women - Awards small grants to students who face serious, unexpected, emergency financial problems
- U-M Health System Billing and Financial Assistance - Develops payment plans for those who have medical bills at the U-M Health System
- U-M International Center Health Insurance Office - Provides guidance for international students in arranging payment plans with health care providers
- U-M Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives - Offers grants for U-M students from the Student Academic Multicultural Fund
- U-M Office of Financial Aid - Provides financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships and loans
- U-M Emergency Hardship Program - For U-M faculty and staff. Confidential counseling to determine the need and to recommend university or community resources. Accepts applications for one-time (non-chronic) emergency financial assistance up to a maximum of $800 based on eligibility criteria. Funding is provided entirely by donations.
- U-M Student Legal Services - Provides free legal advice to students regarding collections and other matters
- U-M Ombuds Office - Offers informal dispute resolution services, provides resources and referrals, and helps students consider options available to them
- U-M Dean of Students Office - Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-764-7420. Provides assistance with personal (i.e. non-academic) matters such as illness, injury, family or emotional issues, etc. The office can also help coordinate notification of student emergencies to the proper academic programs, etc.
- U-M Office of Student Conflict Resolution - Provides programs and services designed to support a safe, just and peaceful community, and to help U-M students learn how to manage and resolve conflict peacefully. OSCR offers a full-spectrum menu of conflict resolution pathways.
- Dispute Resolution Center - Offers free mediation services
- SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) -- For help in determining eligibility for SNAP in the state of Michigan, and help with applying if you are eligible, schedule an appointment by emailing the UHS Managed Care/Student Insurance Office at UHSemail@example.com.
- See listing of local resources on Arborweb .
- 2-1-1 is a telephone number and website for information about health and human services in Washtenaw County, Michigan. However, this service may not include many of the U-M resources for students
- Food Gatherers lists resources for food, including food pantries such as the Back Door Food Pantry