Admissions & Aid

Michigan Grants & Scholarships

Michigan residents have additional need-based scholarship and grant opportunities. Check out your options below!

Michigan Tuition Grant & Competitive Scholarship

Michigan Tuition Grant (MTG)

The MTG is awarded, based on need, to students enrolled at Michigan independent colleges and universities. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Apply via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1st.
  • Awards range up to $1,830 per year to Michigan residents.
  • Students must reapply each year; filing deadlines may apply. Maximum terms of eligibility: 10 semesters.
  • Students enrolled at least half-time are eligible if need is established.

Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS)

The MCS is awarded based on high-school ACT test scores and demonstrated financial need. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Apply via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1st.
  • Awards range up to $1,830 per year and may be renewed each year based on a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Maximum terms of eligibility: 10 semesters.
  • Michigan residency is required from July 1 of the year before enrollment.
  • Students enrolled at least half-time are eligible if need is established.
How to Apply

Filing a FAFSA by March 1st qualifies you for the Michigan Tuition Grant/Competitive Scholarship, but additional requirements apply:

  • Alma College must be the first school listed on your FAFSA - deadline of June 20, 2016
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Possess a high school diploma, certificate of completion, or general educational development certificate (GED)
  • Be a Michigan resident (student and parent) since July 1 of the previous calendar year.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or approved refugee.
  • Meet institution’s satisfactory academic progress (SAP) policy
  • Must not be in default on a Federal/State student loan

Visit the State website for detailed information on the Tuition Grant and Competitive Scholarship.

Fostering Futures Scholarship

The Fostering Futures Scholarship (FFS), 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 students’ institution to assist with unmet need in one or more of the following categories:

  • Tuition/Fees
  • Room/Board
  • Books/Supplies

*State of Michigan departments that are involved are the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Michigan Department of Treasury-Student Scholarships and Grants (SSG) and Michigan Education Trust (MET).

See More Information: Fostering Futures Scholarship Fact Sheet (2016-2017)

APPLICATION (2016-2017)

The student is responsible for notifying SSG of a change of address or college choice. Students must complete an application annually during the open enrollment period.

The application form can also be downloaded from www.fosteringfutures-mi.com or the student can request an application by calling SSG toll free at 1-888-4-GRANTS (1-888-447-2687). 

Michigan Works! Re-Employment Grant

Re-Employment Grants may be available through your local MI Works office. Students must be within two years of completing an approved program. Additional eligibility requirements apply.

Some eligibility markers include, but are not limited to:

  • Low Income
  • English Language Learners
  • WIC Recipients
  • Single Parents
  • Long Term Unemployed
  • Older Workers
  • Lay Off Status
  • Veterans
  • Current or Prior Foster Children
  • Unemployment Benefit Recipients

Call 1-800-285-WORKS (9675) to be connected to your nearest One-Stop Service Center.