Financial Aid

Michigan Grants & Scholarships

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

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 1.
  • Awards range up to $2,000 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.

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 1.
  • Awards range up to $2,000 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 before July of the year you will be entering college or designated as your school of choice in the MI Student Portal.  
  • 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.

Fostering Futures Scholarship

An application is required and must be completed annually during the open enrollment period. 

There are two ways to complete the FFS application:

  1. Online by creating a MiSSG Student Portal Account at Michigan.gov/MISSG, or
  2. Over the phone by contacting the Customer Care Center at 1-888-447-2687.

Applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The first institution listed on the FAFSA will be considered the priority school. Students are responsible for notifying MI Student Aid of a change in their college choice. This can be done through the MiSSG Student Portal or by calling 1-888-447-2687.


The Fostering Futures Scholarship (FFS), a State of Michigan* program, provides scholarships to young adults who have experienced foster care on or after their 13th birthday. 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).

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.


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Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) encourages eligible Medicaid recipients to complete high school by providing tuition assistance for college. The award is limited to tuition and mandatory fees. View the TIP Fact Sheet here!

Eligibility for TIP

  • Student must have received Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36-month period between the ages of 9 and high school graduation.
  • Students are identified by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as having met the Medicaid eligibility requirement. Students may be identified as TIP eligible as early as sixth grade, typically age 12 or after.
  • Obtain a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent prior to age 20.
  • TIP must be initiated within four years from high school graduation and eligibility ends expires ten years after initial enrollment.
  • Must be a MI resident.  (parents of dependent students must also be MI residents)
  • Must be an undergraduate student.

How to Apply for TIP

  • File a current-year FAFSA.
  • Be enrolled in at least six credit hours within your degree program.

To Receive TIP Funds at Alma College

Alma College participates in Phase II of the TIP Program. Students will not be eligible to receive TIP at Alma until they have earned 56 credit hours or their Associates Degree.

Students must select Alma College each year by:

  • Listing Alma College as their first choice on the FAFSA 
  • Selecting Alma College within the MiSSG Student Portal (www.michigan.gov/missg)
  • Calling the MiSSG office to indicate Alma College as their choice at 1-888-4-GRANTS

Additional Information

Additional Information about the TIP program may be found at the State of Michigan Office of Scholarships and Grants website. See the for a quick reference on school participation, program limits and eligibility.

Children of Veterans Tuition Grant (CVTG)

The Children of Veterans Tuition Grant provides undergraduate tuition assistance to students older than 16 and less than 26 years of age who are the natural or adopted child of a Michigan veteran. The veteran must have died or became totally and permanently disabled as a result of military service.

Eligibility

Veteran must:

  • Have been killed in action or died from another cause while serving in a war or war condition in which the United States of America was or is participating; or,
  • Have died or became totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected illness or injury as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; or,
  • Have been totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected illness or injury prior to death and has now died; or,
  • Be listed as Missing in Action (MIA) in a foreign country as determined by the U.S. government.

Student must:

  • Enroll at least half-time.
  • 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.
  • For renewal, must meet institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.
  • Not be in default on a Federal student loan.

 

Application Process

An application is required and can be completed through the MiSSG Student Portal. In addition to the CVTG application, the following documents must also be submitted:

  1. Applicant’s (child’s) birth certificate (must list parents’ names).
  2. Veteran’s discharge certificate or separation document (DD Form 214 or Casualty Report).
  3. Veteran’s death certificate or casualty report.
  4. Proof of total and permanent disability or death due to service-incurred causes.

Applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The first institution listed on the FAFSA will be considered the priority school. Students are responsible for notifying MI Student Aid of a change in their college choice. This can be done through the MiSSG Student Portal or by calling 1-888-447-2687.

 

Deadline

Eligible students must apply and receive benefits prior to age 26.

 

Program Limits

Undergraduate students may receive scholarship assistance for up to four academic years and a total of up to $11,200 (whichever comes first). Future awards are subject to available and approved funding.

 

Award Amount

Awards are for an academic year with the amount determined by the student’s enrollment status.

  • Full-time students can receive up to a maximum of $2,800 per academic year.
  • Three-quarter time students up to $2,100.
  • Half-time students up to $1,400 or an amount equal to all of the student’s eligible tuition in that academic year, whichever is less.