Umich Supplement Essay 2014 1040

This prompt represents a common category of supplement prompts that ask you why you want to study a specific program at a specific school. The main purpose of these “Why Us?” essays is to show the school why you are interested and why you are a good fit.


This is done in two parts: 1. why you want to study what you have indicated and 2. why you want to study it here at this specific school. Make sure to do some research so you can provide more than generic examples like “I want to go to a big school“ or “I like sports” that could apply to many other schools. To learn more about “Why Us?” type essays, read our essay guide, “How to Write the “Why Us?” College Essay.”


When you start to write this essay, you first want to develop why you wish to study what you have indicated on your application. An anecdote is often the most effective means of accomplishing this. You could recount how your time in physical therapy, love for your biology class, and long history of playing sports fueled your passion to learn more about the human body and how it moves. This perfectly lines up with the field of Kinesiology.


Next, you need to demonstrate why Michigan is the perfect place to study what you have selected. Continuing with the Kinesiology example, you could talk about its excellent reputation and some specific classes you really look forward to taking.


With preferred admission applications, it is important to discuss your future goals as well as past experiences that make you sure you will want to be a part of this program. For example, if you apply for the Pharmacy program, you will want to discuss why you are interested in pharmacy and detail the moments in your life that have led you to this decision. Perhaps you have always had a passion for chemistry and helping others, and hearing from your friend’s mom about her career in pharmacy was consistently one of your favorite parts of your weekly hangouts.


With dual-degree programs, the key is not only discussing why you want to pursue a degree in each of them, but why you think the combination is especially important for you.


For example, if you are applying to the dual-degree Ross School of Business and College of Engineering program, you could discuss your dream of beginning your own tech startup and needing both the technical engineering knowledge and business savvy. You could write about how you first came up with your idea and when/how you realized Michigan’s dual-degree program would be the perfect place to bring it to life.


All federal tax forms and publications are available on the U.S. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service Forms and Publications page.

Non-residents for tax purposes will need either Form 1040NR-EZ and its instructions or Form 1040NR and its instructions, and may also need to consult Publication 901 (Tax treaties) and Publication 519 (Tax Guide for Aliens). F and J students and scholars will also need Form 8843.

Residents for tax purposes will need Form 1040, Form 1040A, or Form 1040-EZ, and may need additional forms or schedules depending on their individual situations.


Withholding Forms

Most international students and scholars follow special instructions for filling out the tax withholding form, Form W-4. You can find instructions on the second page of the "Alien Certificate" and see examples of how to fill out the federal and Michigan Form W-4 on the Payroll Office website.

Form 1098-T

Form 1098-T is used to claim one of the Education Tax Credits ("Hope" or "Lifetime Learning") on their income tax forms. International students who are non-residents for tax purposes are not eligible for these tax credits. You can keep Form 1098-T for your records, but you will not need this form to prepare your income tax forms.

University of Michigan Form 1098-T information is available at the U-M Student Financial Services website.

Form W-7 Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) Application

Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number


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