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University of Michigan to offer need-based ticket prices

Michigan will begin selling discounted season tickets for football, men's basketball and hockey for students who receive financial aid.
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The University of Michigan athletic department announced a new policy this week that will allow students who demonstrate a financial need to purchase season tickets for football, men’s basketball and hockey games at a discounted rate, according to the Michigan Daily.

Students who meet eligibility requirements for Federal Pell Grants will be able to buy season tickets for the three sports for a reduced price.

For football next season, the rates will be $100, reduced from the regular $175. Men’s basketball season tickets will cost $120, down from $200, and a hockey season ticket can be purchased for $90, as opposed to the regular price of $150.

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The university’s financial aid office says the grants are awarded “only to the lowest-income families” and a student cannot receive the discount “for more than 12 full-time semesters.”

Central Student Government president Bobby Dishell helped launch the plan and says he believes Michigan's need-based pricing for season tickets is the first program of its kind in college sports.

“Michigan athletics, it’s something you see so many people rally around,” Dishell said. “So many people you meet talk about their experience with Michigan athletics and the prices were very high, extremely high. I kind of realized, why shouldn’t your aid package expand? Why should it not carry over to another university unit?”

The financial aid office began emailing eligible students on Monday with instructions on how to purchase the reduced-price tickets.

- Phil Watson