Michigan Financial Aid

The following programs are contingent upon funding from the State of Michigan.

Image of Michigan Merit Award logo.Michigan 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.

Michigan 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

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.