Michigan Financial Aid

The State of Michigan’s Office of Post Secondary Financial Planning, within the Department of Treasury, encourages students to pursue their educational goals by providing equality of access to student financial resources and information. Students may visit https://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid/ for direct information. The following programs are contingent upon funding from the State of Michigan:


The Michigan Equity, Courage, Hope, and Opportunity (MI ECHO) Scholarship allows people living in Michigan to access associate’s degree and certificate programs for free. The scholarship covers tuition, contact hours, and other mandatory fees. Through MI ECHO, students can earn a degree or certificate to gain stable employment and boost their standard of living.

This scholarship is only for people who cannot access federal financial aid and who worked on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The candidate must be eligible for acceptance into a certificate or associate degree program and cannot have earned an associate or bachelor’s degree in any country.

Full scholarship requirements and application instructions are available at michiganecho.org.


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Michigan Reconnect is a scholarship program that pays for students age 25 and older to attend their in-district community college and offers a large tuition discount if students attend an out-of-district community college. Students can use the scholarship to complete an associate degree or a skill certificate program.Click on the image for our Reconnect Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document.  Further information can be found on the State of Michigan’s web page at the link: www.mighigan.gov/reconnect 

Futures for Frontliners

State of Michigan scholarship program for frontline workers; Michiganders who worked in essential industries during the state COVID-19 shutdown in spring 2020. F4F provides a pathway for tuition-free access to public community colleges to earn an associate degree or an industry recognized certificate for frontline workers without a college degree. Click on the image above for our Futures for Frontliner’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document. Further information can be found on the State of Michigan’s web page at the link below:

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Merit Scholarship Program

This is a Michigan scholarship program for high school seniors to reward student achievement and to make post-secondary education more affordable. Students who meet certain criteria will be eligible for a scholarship to be used at any approved post-secondary educational institution.

Students must take the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) High School Tests (HST) in mathematics, reading, science and writing. The student must have graduated from high school or passed the General Educational Development (GED) test or other graduate equivalency examination approved by the state Board of Education. There is also a requirement that the student must not have been convicted of a felony involving an assault, physical injury, or death.

Nursing Scholarship

The Michigan Nursing Scholarship Program was established by the State of Michigan to encourage students into nursing education programs and the nursing profession. Award consideration is given to students enrolled in a Licensed Practical Nurse, Associate Degree in Nursing, or Bachelor of Science Nursing program.

Eligibility includes:

  1. High school graduation or GED
  2. Enrollment during the award period at least half time (6 cr. hrs.)
  3. U.S. Citizenship
  4. Not in default on a federal student loan
  5. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by the institution
  6. No felony convictions involving an assault, physical injury, or death
  7. Michigan residency for 12 months prior to the beginning of the award period (including parents for dependent students)
  8. Student must agree to sign the Scholarship Agreement and Promissory Note with the Authority that he/she will achieve licensure within one year of completion of the nursing program and to agree to the specified employment provisions. Failure to do so will result in repayment of the scholarship funds received.

Award amounts*:

  • $4,000 max for a full-time student
  • $3,000 max for a three-quarter-time student
  • $2,000 max for a half-time student

Award amounts may not exceed eligible costs minus any other grants or scholarships for the award period.

*Program awards contingent on availability of funds from the State of Michigan

Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

A State of Michigan program that provides tuition and fee assistance to Michigan residents who are under the age of 20 at the time of high school graduation or GED completion. These students must take courses within 4 years of high school graduation or GED completion. The Michigan Department of Social Services determines eligibility for this award. Students must enroll at least half time (six credit hours). TIP will pay tuition and mandatory fees, up to 80 total credit hours.

There will be a per semester/term cap on fees of $250. The number of credits allowed per academic year will be 24 semester credits. Students have up to four (4) years to initiate enrollment at a participating college, but all benefits must be used within ten (10) years of high school graduation or GED completion, or the student forfeits program eligibility.