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Michigan Scholarships and Financial Aid

Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships

Whether you’re interested in a research university like the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, a small university like Lake Superior State University, or a private school like Rochester College in Rochester Hills, you may be able to get financial assistance to help you meet your goals. Michigan students are eligible for federal financial aid, Michigan state financial aid, and outside financial aid.

Four Main Types of Financial Aid for Michigan Students

  • Federal financial aid—grants, loans
  • Michigan financial aid—grants, scholarships
  • Individual Michigan university and college scholarships
  • Other scholarships—businesses, foundations, professional organizations

Federal Financial Aid for Michigan Students

Michigan students who need financial assistance may qualify for federal financial aid. The U.S. Government offers grants, which do not need to be paid back, and low-interest loans, which do need to be paid back. To see if you qualify, file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is available January 1 for the following school year. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible since federal programs are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline is usually June 30 of the school year in which you will need the aid. The Michigan state deadline is March 1 by midnight Central Standard Time. Individual colleges and universities may also have their own deadlines, so check with your school to make sure you submit your FAFSA on time.

Once you’ve submitted your FAFSA, your financial aid/scholarship office will decide how much assistance you need. You will receive a financial aid package and can accept as much or as little as you want. For more information on federal grants and student loans, please see our Guide to Federal Grants and our Guide to Student Loans.

Michigan State Financial Aid

Michigan financial aid comes in the forms of scholarships, grants, and work study and is available to students with need, students who have achieved academic excellence, and students who are pursuing specific studies. Here is a list of current Michigan financial aid programs:

Adult Part-Time Grant
This Michigan financial aid program is for Michigan residents who are independent undergraduates who have been out of high school for at least two years. Qualified students must have financial need. File a FAFSA and see your financial aid/scholarship office.

Children of Veterans Tuition Grant
Children of Michigan veterans are eligible for this program. Students must be 16 to 26 years old and have been a resident of Michigan for one year before enrolling in a Minnesota institution. Call the Office of Scholarships and Grants at 1-888-4-GRANTS (1888-447-2687) or email osg@michigan.gov for more information.

Michigan Competitive Scholarship
This program is available to undergraduates who have financial need and have achieved academic excellence. Students must have been a Michigan resident since July 1 the year before to qualify. A qualifying ACT score is needed before entering a post-secondary institution. Call 1-888-4-GRANTS (1888-447-2687) or email osg@michigan.gov for more information.

Michigan Educational Opportunity Grant
This grant is offered to undergraduate students with financial need who are attending public post-secondary institutions. To qualify, students must have been a Michigan resident for one year prior to enrolling in their institution.

Michigan Nursing Scholarship Program
This Michigan scholarship is available for nursing students who are pursuing a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) certificate, Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), or Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) at an accredited post-secondary institution. Students who receive full time assistance are required to work in an assigned Michigan facility or school after graduating, one year for each year of assistance. Participants of this program may be nominated by their nursing program.

Michigan Promise Scholarship
Students graduating high school after the year 2007 are eligible to receive $4,000 to help pay for two years of post-secondary education. Students must take the MME to qualify. If you are offered the scholarship, you must certify your award by November 15 to receive it.

Michigan Tuition Grant
This grant is available to Michigan residents who are attending independent post-secondary institutions in Michigan. Students must have financial need. File a FAFSA before July 1 to qualify.

Michigan Work Study Program
Michigan students with financial need are eligible to work in order to pay for their educational expenses. Students need to file a FAFSA to qualify.

Universities and Colleges in Michigan Offer Scholarships to Students

Individual universities and colleges offer scholarships to students enrolled in their programs. Scholarships are usually awarded based on merit, need, ethnic background, special abilities, major, or a combination of these and more. Most merit-based scholarships are offered through the admissions office. All you need to do is submit your application for admission on time. Other scholarships, such as those based on major and special abilities, may require you to submit other applications. Examples of this are Lake Superior State University and Michigan State University. Check with your financial aid office for more information on scholarships and application procedures.

Michigan Scholarships Offered by Oragnizations, Foundations, and Corporations

There are many scholarships offered by professional and foundational groups in Michigan. Here is a list of some of them:

Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators"
This $500 scholarship, renewable up to 3 years, is available to minority high school seniors who want to pursue teaching certification. An essay is required. Applications are due on May 1.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation Scholarships
The Grand Rapids Community Foundation offers a large number of scholarships to students pursuing post-secondary education. Applications are available on January 1 and are due April 1. Apply online here.

Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) Foundation Scholarships
Employees or children of employees of retailers who are members of MRA are eligible for these scholarships. Students must be high school seniors or college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors to qualify. Applications are available in January and are due April 1.

Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) Foundation
The MCWT supports women who are pursuing post-secondary degrees and certifications in technology with full scholarships of $15,000 or $20,000. The deadline is usually in February. Please refer to the MCWT website for applications.

Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians (MAVT) Scholarships
First and second year veterinary technician students who are MAVT members are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Submit an essay on “The human/animal bond” to MAVT, 2144 Commons Pky, Okemos, MI 48854-3986. Essays are usually due on May 1.

Michigan Association of Realtors
Full-time students who are pursuing a career in real estate are eligible to receive this scholarship (up to $2,000). The deadline is July 1. Click here for an application.

The Michigan Physician Assistant Foundation Scholarship
Michigan physician assistant students who are in their last clinical year are eligible to receive this scholarship. Applications are due August 1. Applicants must demonstrate financial need or other outstanding activity. Please see the website for application guidelines and submssion procedures.

Michigan Education Association
This renewable scholarship is available to public high school graduates who are attending or will be attending public post-secondary institutions in Michigan. Some private institutions also qualify. Please check the website for more information. Download an application here.

Three Things to Keep In Mind About Michigan Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • If you don’t qualify for federal financial aid, check to see if you qualify for Michigan state financial aid programs, and then look for scholarships from your institution and other sources. Private loans should be your last resort, but if you do need to borrow private loans, check with your school’s financial aid office to see if they have a list of approved lenders.
  • Scholarships offered by Michigan universities and colleges usually require different application procedures. Check with your financial aid/scholarship office to see what you need to do.
  • Local organizations in Michigan offer many scholarships to students. Look locally before applying for nation-wide or state-wide scholarships.

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