File FAFSA® First
The first step in receiving financial aid in the state of Michigan is filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FASFA®.
Michigan offers a comprehensive menu of financial aid for both undergraduates and graduate students. From scholarships to grants, Michigan provides abundant opportunities for students to pursue higher education.
Federal Funding for Michigan Students
Starting in 2018, all students must fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) in order to be considered for Michigan Financial Aid Programs. You will then be eligible for aid at the Federal and state levels.
Michigan State Aid Programs
The Michigan Department of Treasury administers all Student Scholarships and Grants (SSG). All awards are submitted directly to the preferred college listed on a student’s FAFSA®, so if you change your mind after submitting the form, be sure to update your college selection at the MiSSG Student Portal.
• The Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS) is determined by both need and merit. Students may use MCS funds at state institutions both public and private, including nonprofit and postsecondary institutes. Recipients are determined by qualifying SAT score and FAFSA® application.
• The Michigan Tuition Grant (MTG) is awarded to financially needy students, based on a FAFSA® application.
• The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) incentivizes high school students to graduate and continue to higher education. Only students who have received Medicaid coverage for 24 months during their high school years qualify. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services makes the determination and notifies the Department of the Treasury directly to award the funds, though an application still must be submitted on the MiSSG portal by August of a high school seniors graduating year.
• The Michigan GEAR UP Scholarship is a special program designed to prepare students to attend college, and which requires nominated participants (possessing a high school diploma) to have completed a six-year program.
• Dual enrollment allows students to take free dual enrollment classes in the 9th grade, with a max load of ten courses in high school. By planning ahead, students can save significantly on tuition with dual enrollment.
Special Aid Programs in Michigan
Michigan has created state aid programs to assist those whose background has disadvantaged them financially due to special circumstances, including:
• The Police Officer’s and Firefighters Survivor Tuition Grant provides tuition waivers (upon approved application for demonstrated need) to community colleges and state universities for family members of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.
• The Children of Veterans Tuition Grant (CVTG) provides tuition aid to children of Michigan veterans (injured or killed in action), up to 26 years old. An additional application is required.
• The Fostering Futures Scholarship (FFS) helps eligible foster students (who are approved by application) with funds for college courses, fees, room and board, and supplies.
In addition to these Michigan state aid programs, the state offers a handy reference tool for local scholarships which can be sorted by variables like gender or county.
Whether you’re seeking local programs or scholarships tailored to your achievement or background, Michigan offers plenty of financial programs to meet your needs.