Planning and Program Costs

Plan ahead

Plan ahead and prepare yourself for the costs of education. Successful financing of your education begins with management of your personal credit. Listed are steps you can take to ease the transition to dental or dental hygiene school:

  1. Get a copy of your credit history. This informative document should be used to identify any problem areas. Upon review, you may be surprised at what you find! Correct any problems now, before you enter dental school, or apply for loans.
  2. Pay off any outstanding credit card or loan balances. If you are going to rely on financial aid/student loans to provide money for your living expenses, you will probably not have enough excess money to support non-educational debt. Although many of us think a personal car as essential, you may find it difficult to meet your daily cost of living and support a car payment.
  3. Consult your parents and/or spouse. Educate them on the costs of this program and the long term ramifications, i.e. the debt burden you may have upon graduation. Perhaps family may be able to assist you financially.

Canadian students are not eligible for U.S. federal funds. They may choose to finance their education through Provincial aid such as OSAP or banking institutions.

If you have any questions regarding any of the information provided, please contact the Financial Aid coordinator Angela Orlando at 313-494-6617 or

You are encouraged to apply for financial assistance prior to admittance to the School of Dentistry; funds are not committed until you officially enroll.

Program Costs

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    Estimated cost for a First-Year Dental Student

    The following is an estimated cost for a First Year Dental Student based upon 2021-2022 costs. It is provided as a guide to assist you in planning.  Tuition and other fees are subject to annual increased must be paid by the first day of each academic term. Students should anticipate annual increases in the order of 4%.

    *If you have received financial aidscholarships or other funding, it can be used towards payment at registration. 

    2021 - 2022 Academic Year

    (In-State and Out-of-State Residents):

    Academic Year fee schedule
    Calendar Year 1 2 3







    Dental Instrument Rental





    Equipment Purchased





    Computer Expense





    Clinical Technology Fee

    $1,131 0 0 0

    Dental Fees (ASDA, ADEA, Equip. Replacement, Activity, Credential)

    $416 $390 $390 $390


    $1,500 $2,000 $700 $210

    Supplies & Loupe (est.)

    $1,300 0 0 0

    Board and Lic. Fee (est.)

    0 0 $3,050 $1,206

    Health Insurance





    Total Tuition & Fees:

    $96,207 $91,692 $92,126 $89,697


    Living Expenses
    (Living with Parents) $11,178 $10,987 $11,006 $11,044
    (Living without Parents) $25,661 $25,470 $25,488 $25,526
    TOTAL EXPENSES for Residents and Non-Residents (Tuition, Fees & Housing):
    (Living with Parents) $107,385 $102,679 $103,132 $100,741
    (Living without Parents) $121,868 $117,162 $117,614 $115,223


    First-, second- and third- year students attend year round, from August-August. Fourth-year students attend August-May. The costs listed above are for the fall and winter semesters. The student does not accrue any tuition costs or fees for the summer semester.