Financial Aid


Scholarships are a specific type of financial aid known as “gift-aid” that does not have to be repaid after graduation.

Scholarships can be merit-based, need-based, or both. Merit-based scholarships are awarded based upon merit, meaning good grades and strong test scores. Need-based scholarships are awarded based on financial need. You’re also welcome and encouraged to apply for outside scholarships.

Alma Scholarships

Awards available to incoming first year and transfer students for the 2023 - 2024 academic year.

Merit Awards 2023-24 Academic Year 
Scholarship Average GPA Amount
Alma Scholarship <3.00 $23,000/year
Achievement Scholarship 3.00 - 3.24 $24,000/year
Tartan Scholarship 3.25 - 3.49 $26,000/year
Dean’s Scholarship 3.50 - 3.74 $28,000/year
Trustee Scholarship 3.75 - 3.99 $30,000/year
Presidential Scholarship* 4.00 + $32,000/year

For our students who have received the Presidential Scholarship, we invite you to apply for a full tuition scholarship at Alma College called the Distinguished Presidential Scholarship. If awarded full tuition, this award also covers two spring term tuition fees for a value of $3,800. (Amount subject to change.) Begin your process for full tuition.

Transfer Scholarships

Scholarships are available for transfer students who demonstrate academic achievement at their previous undergraduate institution or community college.

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Performance Scholarships

Performance Scholarships are available to talented students in art, dance, music (both vocal and instrumental), theatre and Scottish Arts.

Students demonstrating exemplary performance in any of these areas may be eligible for Distinguished awards, earning up to full tuition. All funds are awarded at the discretion of the fine and performing arts faculty, and the students’ intended major or minor is not a consideration. Please see below for basic information on each scholarship and links to more detailed requirements.

Students are only eligible to receive one scholarship per year in this category. If students are offered an award from more than one department, they must select one. Students may continue to participate in multiple areas regardless of their scholarship selection. If offered a distinguished award it will replace standard performance awards previously offered.

To get started, complete the Alma College Performing Arts & Audition Form. Deadline to audition is March 1, 2023.

Art and Design

$1,500/year. The Department of Art & Design awards scholarships to talented artists in any medium via portfolio submission.

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$1,500/year. The Dance Department awards scholarships to talented dancers through a group or individual audition process.

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Dance Team
$1,500/year. Awarded upon acceptance to incoming students (first year & transfer) who compete on the dance team.

$1,500/year. Awarded upon acceptance to incoming students (first year and transfer) who compete on the Esports team.

Contact Coach Chris Gaumond at for more information.


$1,500/year. The Music Department awards scholarships both instrumentalists and vocalists through an audition process. Auditions are scheduled on an individual basis.

For details, see the department’s audition and scholarship information.

$1,500/year. The

Theatre Department awards acting scholarships through an audition process and technical theatre scholarships via portfolio submission.

Auditions are scheduled on an individual basis.

Scottish Arts

$1,500/year. For students demonstrating a high level of accomplishment in Highland dancing or piping (regardless of intended major).

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Experiential Learning Awards

Need a little help funding your dream research project or study abroad experience? Various programs are available to help you take your learning to the next level.

Currie Scholars Program

A generous grant from Eleanor H. Currie has enabled the College to establish a Currie Scholars program beginning in fiscal year 2001. Qualified sophomores and juniors may apply for this program, which will provide a stipend of $2,500 plus waiver of room charges for the summer (if work is done on campus) to support scholarly or creative projects in collaboration with a faculty mentor.

For more information, contact Carla Jensen at

David B. Kinney Scholarship Program

Supported by a generous gift from the family of attorney and social activist David B. Kinney, class of 1943, Alma College is pleased to offer a grant of up to $2,500 to support student research related to, in Mr. Kinney’s words, “independent and original study of any items, persons or societal trends relating to the birth or endurance of our precious Bill of Rights.” Proposals which clearly cross-disciplinary boundaries and/or require travel to research sites are strongly encouraged.

For more information, contact Carla Jensen at

Posey Global Leadership Fellows Program

The Posey Global Leadership Fellows Program seeks to cultivate the next generation of global leaders by promoting innovative experiential and research opportunities anywhere in the world.

Contact Derick “Sandy” Hulme with questions at (989) 463-7387.

Alma Venture Program

The Alma Venture Program provides recipients with financial support for applied learning experiences such as Spring Term, research projects, off-campus study, internships and more. Check out some recent experiences and see what the Alma Venture Program can do for you!

For more information, contact Carla Jensen at

Other Alma Scholarships

Available for students meeting specific criteria or those interested in specific areas of study. Please note that some of these scholarships are automatically awarded based on set criteria, while others require an application and have a deadline. These are only awarded to incoming first year and transfer students. Most of these awards are renewable in future years if all scholarship, award, or grant requirements are still being met. Follow the links that are provided for more information.

Alumni Award (Legacy)
A student who’s sibling, grandparent, or parent are Alma College alumni receive the Alma College Alumni Award which provides $1,500 per year for 4 years ($6,000 in total).
Scottish Hospitality Scholarship

We offer a variety of visit options and are excited to help plan your Alma College experience. Head to to schedule your trip to Alma - we have options Monday through Friday and select Saturdays. Just by visiting campus, you’ll earn a $1,000 scholarship so it’s worth the trip to see us! This scholarship is renewable for up to a total of $4,000 over four years.

*Excludes College Game Day Saturday Visits and while multiple visits are encouraged, you can only be awarded one scholarship.

Early Action Scholarship
Complete your application by December 1 and earn $1,000 renewable for up to a total of $4,000 over four years.
FAFSA Filing Scholarship
File your FAFSA and earn $1,000 renewable for a total of up to $4,000 over four years.
Alma College Community Engagement (ACE) Scholarship
The Alma College Community Engagement (ACE) Scholarship program was created to offer access and affordability to Gratiot County’s most engaged students who desire to pursue a life-changing, liberal arts education. The program will offer up to 10 full-tuition awards annually to graduating high school seniors. Full tuition is covered using Alma College, State, and Federal Aid sources and is renewable for 4 years.
Alma Mission Award
This award is given to students primarily based on information disclosed during the application and financial aid process and is intended for students of backgrounds and communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, those with disabilities, geographic location, active military individuals, and dependents of military individuals. The Alma Mission Award is awarded at the discretion of the Admissions Office and Financial Aid Office staff.
Kim Kaye Scholarship

The Kim Kaye Scholarship is an opportunity open to students that participate in cheer to receive up to $16,000 in their four years to attend Alma College. During each camp session of the summer, up to five athletes will receive this scholarship. Winners will be announced during “Final Day Fun” on the last day of your respective session. All high school athletes can be nominated however, a cheerleader can only win once during his or her time at Champion. (Example: A freshman is nominated and wins their first year at Champion. They cannot win again in the sophomore, junior, or senior year).

Coaches: Athlete(s) must attend a Champion overnight camp the summer they are your athlete and the reference and application must be completed in the same school year. If your athlete does not receive a scholarship this year, they may re-apply each year he or she attends Champion.

How To Nominate

The Breakdown

  • Coach refers athlete to attend Alma College by completing the Champion Referral Form
  • Athlete wins the Kim Kaye Scholarship and attends Alma College: $4,000 per year for up to 4 years totaling $16,000

Awards for current Undergraduate Students

Eligibility for these awards was determined at the time of application and ended upon matriculating to be an active Alma College student. Student’s current awards renew based on the criteria in the documents above. Students who leave Alma College and return later receive their original awards based on the renewal information provided below.

Select the academic year in which you started attending Alma College to see more information on the grants, scholarships, and awards offered that year.

2022 - 2023
2021 - 2022
2020 - 2021
2019 - 2020

Current undergraduate students are also eligible for awards listed under the “Experiential Learning Awards”.

Michigan Scholarships

Scholarships in Michigan can be a great way to help you pay for tuition and cut down (or even avoid) student loans.

Detroit Future Scholarship
Alma College offers up to 15 Detroit Future Scholarships each year to qualified students from select schools in the city of Detroit. The Detroit Future Scholarship assists substantially with financial need making a private education affordable with minimal out-of-pocket expense. Scholarship amount varies depending on financial need — Alma College will maximize the dollar amount you can receive.
Detroit Promise Scholarship
The Detroit Promise offers a tuition-free path to trade, two-year and four-year credentials at 26 Michigan colleges. Many seniors who both live in Detroit and attend any high school in Detroit are already eligible.
Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship
The Kalamazoo Promise was announced by Dr. Janice Brown in 2005 with the declaration that students who graduate from the Kalamazoo Public Schools and meet the basic requirements will receive up to 100% of tuition and mandatory fees paid for at any in-state public community college or university.
Michigan Achievement Scholarship

This scholarship is new and details are limited so please sign up for e-mail updates regarding this program and we will also provide the most up to date information here.

Students who graduate from high school in Michigan with a diploma or certificate of completion or achieved a high school equivalency certificate in 2023 or after will be eligible for more financial aid from the State of Michigan:

  • Up to $2,000 if they attend an eligible private training provider in Michigan, per year, up to two years
  • Up to $2,750 if they attend a Michigan community college, per year, up to three years
  • Up to $5,500 if they attend a Michigan public university, per year, up to five years
  • Up to $4,000 if they attend a Michigan private college or university, per year, up to five years
  • File the FAFSA before May 1, 2023
  • Create a MiSSG Student Portal account

To receive a Michigan Achievement Scholarship, students must:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Be a Michigan resident since July 1 of the previous calendar year.
    • If you are a dependent student, your parent or guardian must also be a Michigan resident since July 1 of the previous calendar year.
  • Graduate from high school in Michigan with a diploma or a certificate of completion or achieved a high school equivalency certificate in 2023 or after.
  • Demonstrate financial need when they complete the FAFSA—by having an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $25,000 or less.
  • Enroll full-time at an eligible institution—including Michigan community colleges, tribal colleges, and public or private universities.
  • Enroll at an eligible institution within 15 months of high school graduation or earning a high school equivalency certificate.

Students are not eligible if they are incarcerated or are in default on a federal student loan.

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.

Outside Scholarships

While Alma offers many great scholarship opportunities, there are a lot of other scholarships out there. You should never pay a fee for a scholarship service and never send money to receive money.

Search Locally First

This includes some of the following places:

  • Your local Community Foundation
  • Clubs such as Rotary, Lions, and Elks
  • Parent(s) Employers
  • Church/Place of Worship (local, regional, and national)
  • Your High School
  • Searches are a yearly process and should start in early November
  • Most will have deadlines in February and March especially local sources
  • If you miss a deadline this year create a reminder for yourself to apply next year.
Scholarship Resources and Search Tools

Financial Aid Data Sharing Policy - Please review this policy as it explains regulations we must follow in sharing student information with scholarship and tribal organizations.

Veterans Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program can help you pay for higher out-of-state, private school, foreign school, or graduate school tuition and fees that the Post-9/11 GI Bill doesn’t cover.

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