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University of Detroit Mercy resets tuition to reflect a more precise cost of attendance

University of Detroit Mercy resets tuition to reflect a more precise cost of attendance

Published tuition rate for undergraduate returns to 2008 levels, provides clearer picture

of tuition costs before scholarships, financial aid awarded

DETROIT—University of Detroit Mercy announced today that it would significantly lower its published tuition price to give more precise cost information to students and families. The goal is to encourage more academically talented students and their families to take a closer look at Detroit Mercy.

Detroit Mercy’s Assure Your Boundless Future Tuition Reset will reset undergraduate tuition from $41,158 to $28,000 beginning the fall of 2018. The new price of $28,000 gives students and their families a more accurate cost of attendance at Detroit Mercy before scholarships and financial aid are awarded.

Over the last two years, Detroit Mercy has conducted extensive research on its tuition and the cost of other university competitors, as well as surveyed hundreds of prospective students and parents. Those analyses indicated that a tuition reset will not only increase prospective students’ awareness of the transformative, high-quality value of a Detroit Mercy education, but also attract and enroll even more academically talented students who may not have considered applying because of the published tuition price.

“By resetting our tuition to a price from a decade ago, we are responding to the concerns of students and families who want assurance that a high quality college education is affordable and attainable,” said Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi, president of Detroit Mercy. “I know from conversations with parents and school officials that students are interested in Detroit Mercy, but the previous tuition price prevented them from seriously exploring the university.”

As Detroit Mercy’s tuition for 2018-2019 returns to its 2008 cost, the University will continue to provide generous scholarships and financial assistance to students. The Assure Your Boundless Future Tuition Reset will be available to all new and current students enrolling in Detroit Mercy’s traditional undergraduate programs beginning in the fall of 2018.

This initiative comes at a pivotal time for students interested in obtaining a high quality, Catholic, values-based education. Research indicates that from 1982 to 2012, the cost of college throughout the U.S. increased more than 1,120 percent. Moreover, studies show that U.S. college graduates incurred an average debt of $37,172 in 2016.

For those reasons and others, Detroit Mercy believed that a bold move was necessary to help students make well-informed decisions about the colleges they were considering.

Detroit Mercy’s transformational educational and extracurricular experience will remain exactly the same. Additionally, this reset will assist both “high-need” and  “low-need” students and families better understand the full-time undergraduate rate they will pay before scholarships and financial aid are awarded.

“The Assure Your Boundless Future Tuition Reset will also make it possible for federal and state grant dollars to go even further for students who qualify for the maximum need-based aid,” said Deborah Stieffel, Detroit Mercy’s vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. “And the tuition reset also makes Detroit Mercy a more viable option for students who do not qualify for need-based aid and are often forced to overlook private Catholic higher education simply because of the high ‘sticker price,’ ” she added.

This reset comes at a perfect time in the history of the university and city. Over the last two years, Detroit Mercy has had record enrollment numbers, a higher academic profile for the entering class in 2017-18 and an increase in many national rankings. This includes a #19 rank on the 2018 U.S. News and World Report’s Annual Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest. Detroit Mercy is the only Michigan school ranked in the top 20. Additionally, the University earned a No. 12 rank for Best Colleges for Veterans in the Midwest Region and was ranked No. 32 nationally for Best Value Schools.

Furthermore, since 2011, the university’s endowment has doubled and on Oct. 26, Detroit Mercy celebrated the public launch of a $100 million fundraising campaign, which has raised more than $78 million thus far. Also in October, Detroit Mercy, along with The Kresge Foundation and the City of Detroit, broke ground on the Ella Fitzgerald Park and HomeBase Community Center in Northwest Detroit, which will house Live6 Alliance, an economic development organization co-sponsored by the university that is focused on the revitalization of the McNichols-Livernois neighborhood in Detroit.

“It is our expectation that this reset, coupled with other positive university initiatives on and around our campuses, will attract even more students who not only want to attend the University but also be a part of Detroit’s renaissance and make a lasting impact on the community,” Garibaldi said.

The Assure Your Boundless Future Tuition Reset is part of a larger, comprehensive series of initiatives at Detroit Mercy that will

  • further demonstrate renewed commitment to innovation;
  • reinforce the university brand to help build the boundless future of students; and
  • help more academically talented students and their parents better understand published tuition rates in order to make a well-informed decision to enroll at Detroit Mercy.

To learn more about the Assure Your Boundless Future Tuition Reset, please visit, call 313-993-1245 or email today.

For media interested in more, please contact the Marketing & Communications Department at 313-993-1254 or email


About University of Detroit Mercy

University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan’s largest and most comprehensive Catholic university, sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). Today’s University boasts the heritage of two founding institutions: the University of Detroit, founded in 1877 by the Jesuits, and Mercy College of Detroit, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1941.  The two consolidated as University of Detroit Mercy in 1990. Detroit Mercy offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional academic degrees and programs through seven schools and colleges. For more information, please visit

The Awakening of Women

Awesome and inspiring read! Thanks #Michigan Author!

Weam Namou

The Awakening of Women

My niece, Sandy Naimou, is a yoga instructor, speaker and one of the board members at the Theosophical Society in Detroit. She invited me to speak in December about a topic that I dearly love; the roles of powerful women in ancient Mesopotamia.

I’m not a historian, but I studied this topic thoroughly when I wrote my four-part memoir series Healing Wisdom for a Wounded World: My Life-Changing Journey Through a Shamanic School. So, I’m aware of my rich lineage and of the fact that priestesses and princesses thrived in ancient Mesopotamia and made great contributions to the cradle of civilization including poetry, peaceful governance, and beer! Female freedom sharply diminished in that region when secular males acquired more power and religious beliefs evolved leading to the habitual pattern of, in Scarlet O’Hara words, “War! War! War!”

That region has suffered nonstop violence because of many factors, especially the…

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Hello #Detroit, Get on the waiting list with @DistrictDetroit | #MotownMom #DistrictDetroit

The District Detroit is one of the largest and most exciting sports and entertainment developments happening in the country. We’re planning new mixed-use developments around Detroit’s world-class sports and entertainment venues, including the new Little Caesars Arena. Throughout 50 blocks, we are creating new shops, restaurants, bars, office space and residential offerings in a vibrant area that is already attracting millions of visitors a year.

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#MotownMom: Owe taxes in #Detroit? That’s OK. Wayne County will still sell you foreclosed homes.

Wayne County doesn’t always enforce a law that forbids…

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#MotownMom: “Detroit Water Shutoff: Thousands Are Struggling to Pay For Water” on YouTube

How many of you know are living in Detroit without any water and what have been their methods of getting water?

#LateNight #MotownMom Confession: My kids never celebrated Halloween cuz I was a broke single mom.

Late Night #MotownMom Confession: My kids never celebrated Halloween cuz I was a broke single mom. I would just tell them it was the Devil’s Weekend & since we lived in Detroit they believed me & never asked.

It wasn’t that I was ashamed to be a single mom or even broke, I just knew I couldn’t spend money on three kids to dress them up.

I know what you’re saying, I could have easily made something up around the house. I’m creative.

Yeah, but I’m tired and I was not about to exert any energy on three kids, when I worked a full-time job, was a full time published author, head of the household and barely scrapping two pennies together to get heat.

Dressing the kids up for Halloween was the last thing on my list and I enjoyed my peace over their happiness.

I sometimes extended myself, if we had a car to take them to a church friendly function where they could get a bag of candy and have a go.

Otherwise, after Halloween, I’d wait for the costumes to become discounted and buy about twenty dollars worth put it in their dress-up trunk and let them use them throughout the year to just have fun around the house.

Do I feel any sort of guilt by having them miss out on things like that for their childhood?

Actually no.

My peace of mind was really more important and once my oldest was big enough to walk around and understand what Halloween really was, she actually took the youngest one out once or twice in the “nice” parts of Metro Detroit, but like me, she wasn’t into all that walking around and funny, the younger one wasn’t all into getting candy since I never had candy readily around the house.

On a side note, I’d also buy the discounted candy and use it for their Thanksgiving and Christmas bags.

Smart Mommy.


Watch “Ivanka Trump’s New Book: Offensively Frivolous | AM Joy | MSNBC” #motownmom

When she related Time Management from Beloved my stomach turned. 

I couldn’t in my right mind put my review online. 

#MotownMom: New Wayne State research findings offers hope to people with fibromyalgia

A novel psychological therapy that encourages addressing emotional experiences related to trauma, conflict and relationship problems has been found helpful for people with the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia. A research team led by Mark A. Lumley, Ph.D., distinguished professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University, in collaboration with a team from the University of Michigan Medical Center led by David A. Williams, Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology, has released the results of its research in the prestigious journal, PAIN.

In the randomized clinical trial, 230 adults with fibromyalgia received one of three treatments, each of which was presented for eight weekly sessions to small groups of patients. The new therapy, which Lumley and co-developer Howard Schubiner, M.D., director of the Mind Body Medicine Program at Providence Hospital, call Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET), helps patients view their pain and other symptoms as stemming from changeable neural pathways in the brain that are strongly influenced by emotions. EAET helps patients process emotional experiences, such as disclosing important struggles, learning how to adaptively express important feelings — especially anger and sadness but also gratitude, compassion, and forgiveness — and empowering people to be more honest and direct in relationships that have been conflicted or problematic.

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I saw her when she came to Detroit with Oprah back in 2014. 

When I say sister girl is life touching… Believe it!  

*   Be SelfFull – take care of self-first

  *   Don’t make someone else’s crazy about you

  *   Learn to trust yourself

  *   Be clear about your boundaries

  *   Respect people enough to tell them the truth

  *   State the facts, speak the truth

  *   when you see crazy coming, cross the street