State Financial Aid

Not available to international or Canadian students.

Below is information regarding the availability of, and eligibility for, State Grant Funds for students from the State of Michigan.

Non-Michigan residents are encouraged to contact their State Educational Offices to determine if they qualify for financial aid assistance from their State.  A link to research your State Higher Education Agency can be found here.

 

Michigan Competitive Scholarship

Established in 1964, (P.A. 208) to foster the pursuit of postsecondary education. MCS is awarded to students showing promise of satisfactory completion of postsecondary study.

MCS program is available to undergraduate students pursuing their first degrees at an approved Michigan postsecondary institution. Students must demonstrate both financial need and merit.

More information can be found at: http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid/0,4636,7-128-60969_61016-274563--,00.html

Eligibility:


 

The Michigan Competitive Scholarship program is available to undergraduate students pursuing their first degree at an approved Michigan postsecondary institution.  Students must demonstrate both financial need and merit.  Eligible applicants must achieve a qualifying ACT score of at least 23 (composite) or 90 (scaled score) prior to entering college.  (NOTE:  Starting with the class of 2017, and ACT score will not be considered.  Students must achieve a qualifying score of at least 1200 on the SAT).

Available Assistance:

Varies, up to $1000 for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

How to Apply:
 

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1st to receive priority consideration.  The FAFSA allows students to list multiple colleges when filing.  Because Student Scholarships and Grants (SSG) does not know which college the student will select, the award is based on the first college listed.  The student is responsible for notifying SSG of a change of address or college choice.  Changes can be made on the MiSSG Student Portal at https://missg.guarantorsolutions.com/StudentPortal or by calling SSG at 1-888-447-2687.

Enrollment Requirements:

Full-time undergraduate - 12 credit hours or more; 6 to 11 credits pro-rated award.

Selection Criteria: Determined by the State.

Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

Established in 1987 under the Annual Higher Education Appropriations Act as an incentive program that encourages eligible students to complete high school by providing tuition assistance for the first two years of college and beyond.

For Phase I, the student must declare a program of study, be enrolled in an eligible Certificate or Associate degree program, and take courses within that program of study. TIP Phase I will not cover tuition from courses outside of declared Certificate or Associate degree program. Certificate courses are defined as “at least a one-year training program that leads to a certificate (or other recognized educational credential), which prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” Students must meet a Medicaid eligibility history requirement. Eligible students must apply prior to high school graduation (high school diploma or its recognized equivalent). The program targets students with financial need so students are encouraged to also complete the FAFSA.

More information can be found at: http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid/0,4636,7-128-60969_61016-274565--,00.html

Eligibility:


 

Students who apply before graduating from high school or receiving a GED, are under the age of 20 at the time of graduation or GED completion, and have or have had Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36-consecutive month period as identified by the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS).  Starting with the class of 2017, student who attend an Early/Middle College have until age 21 to graduate and complete a TIP application.

Available Assistance:

Up to full-time (12-16 credits per semester)  undergraduate lower division tuition rate and certain billable fees not to exceed $250 per semester.  Effective 2018-2019 Academic Year the Phase I TIP reimbursement rate per credit at public universities may not exceed three times the average community college's in district tuition rate (established yearly). 

How to Apply:

Contact the Office of Scholarships and Grants (1-888-447-2687).

Enrollment Requirements:

Must be enrolled in a certificate or associate degree program and the courses taken must fulfill degree requirements within that program of study.    At least half-time - 6 credit hours or more.

Effective 2018-2019 Academic Year students must file a current-year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the federal deadline.

 

Fostering Futures Scholarship

The Fostering Futures Scholarship, a State of Michigan* program, provides scholarships to young adults who have experienced foster care. The State of Michigan works with individuals, community organizations, and businesses to encourage charitable contributions that go towards Fostering Futures Scholarship funds. Awards are paid directly to the student's institution to assist with unmet need in one or more of the following categories:

  • Tuition/fees
  • Room/Board
  • Books/Supplies

More information can be found at: http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid/0,4636,7-128-60969_61016-349630--,00.html

Eligibility:

 

Students must have been in Michigan foster care on or after their 13th birthday.  There is no upper age limit and the student can receive funding at any age.

Available Assistance:

Funding can be used only for the following:  Tuition, fees, room/board, books, and supplies/equipment required for enrollment.

This funding can be used along with the Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV).

How to Apply:

The application form can be downloaded here or the student can request an application by calling SSG toll free at 888-447-2687. Students must complete an application annually during the open enrollment period.

The student is responsible for notifying SSG of a change of address or college choice. For additional information, the Fostering Futures Scholarship Fact Sheet can be found here.

Enrollment Requirements:

Students must be attending a Michigan public or private 4-year college/university or a community college.

 

Children of Veterans Tuition Grant

The Children of Veterans Tuition Grant (CVTG) was previously called Education of Children of Veterans, Public Act 245 of 1935 and was administered and funded by the Michigan Trust Fund. In 2005, CVTG was established under Public Act 248 to provide an undergraduate tuition program for children of certain deceased or disabled members of the armed forces of the United States.

More information can be found at: http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid/0,4636,7-128-60969_61016-274566--,00.html

Eligibility:

 

Be a Michigan resident for one year prior to program application.

Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or approved refugee.

Not have been convicted of a felony involving an assault, physical injury, or death.

For renewal, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.25.

Meet institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.

Must not be in default on Federal/State student loan.

Available Assistance:

$2,800 per academic year

up to four academic years and a total of up to $11,200

How to Apply:

Student completes state application which is submitted to the state.

Enrollment Requirements:

at least half time enrollment


 

Michigan GEAR UP

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal program designed to provide early intervention services and programs to students in middle school and high school. The mission of GEAR UP is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. MICHIGAN GEAR UP (MI GEAR UP) targets low-income students in the state of Michigan providing them with support services to increase their opportunity to succeed in higher education at Michigan’s higher educational institutions.

More information can be found at: http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid/0,4636,7-128-60969_61016-391867--,00.html

Eligibility:

Successful participation of the MI GEAR UP six-year program and nominated to receive an award.

Possess a high school deploma or recognized equivalent cerificate.

Initiate postsecondary enrollment prior to age 22.

Enroll at least half time at an approved Michigan degree-granting college or university.

Be a Michigan resident as determined by institutional criteria.

Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or approved refugee.

Meet institution's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.

Not be in default on Federal/State student loan.

Available Assistance:

$1,000 per year. The maximum award is $3,000.

How to Apply:

Only nominated MI GEAR UP participants will be eligible to be considered for a scholarship. Each participating MI GEAR UP partner will be allotted a specific number of scholarships. They must provide a rank order list of 2017 graduating seniors who have successfully participated in the program for six years and met the nomination requirements.

Enrollment Requirements:

at least half time enrollment


 

GEAR UP College Day Scholarship

Federal grants are made to qualifying entities to create early college awareness programs for students at the middle school level and above. The mission of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

The GEAR UP College Day Scholarship Program (GUCD) was funded in 2004 targeting programs linked to the 15 public universities in Michigan. Those institutions are responsible for nominating eligible scholarship recipients based on program involvement.

More information can be found at:  http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid/0,4636,7-128-60969_61016-274568--,00.html

Eligibility:

Possession of a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent.

Be less than 22 years old when first awarded the scholarship.

Demonstration of financial need by being eligible for a Pell Grant for the first year of the award (*Non-Pell eligible students may be awarded if funds are available).

Enroll at least half time at an approved Michigan public degree-granting college or university.

Be a Michigan resident as determined by institutional criteria.

Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or approved refugee.

Not be incarcerated.

Available Assistance:

Up to $5,500 per year.

How to Apply:

Each participating GUCD partner provided a rank order list of nominees from the classes of 2011 and 2012 who participated in the program. Student Scholarships and Grants (SSG) awarded scholarships to the highest ranked nominees based on the amount of scholarship funds available.

Enrollment Requirements:

Must be at least half time enrollment.

Michigan Student Financial Aid - For further information on the State Financial Aid Programs

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1-888-4-GRANTS (888-447-2687)

All programs: http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid/0,4636,7-128-60969_61016---,00.html

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