State of MI Aid

The state of Michigan has been providing scholarships and grants to Michigan students since 1964 and has helped over three million students with roughly $4 billion in financial assistance to achieve their higher educational goals.


GEAR UP Scholarships

The mission of GEAR UP is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. There are several GEAR UP programs currently operating in Michigan.

Fostering Futures Scholarships

The Fostering Futures Scholarship, 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.

Futures for Frontliners

Futures for Frontliners (F4F) is a State of Michigan scholarship program for frontline workers; Michiganders who worked in essential industries during the state COVID-19 shutdown in spring 2020. F4F provides a pathway for tuition-free access to public community colleges to earn an associate degree or an industry-recognized certificate for frontline workers without a college degree.

Michigan Competitive Scholarship

The Michigan Competitive Scholarship is a program funded by the state of Michigan and is based on both financial need and merit. Students may use Competitive Scholarship funds at degree-granting Michigan public and independent post-secondary institutions. Awards are restricted to the cost of tuition and fees. Students must be a Michigan Resident. Eligibility is based on ACT scores and financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Award amounts are determined by the State of Michigan annually.

Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver

As of July 1, 2010, Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver applications are processed by the Department of Civil Rights. Contact: MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL RIGHTS Lansing, MI 517-241-7748

INTER-TRIBAL COUNCIL OF MICHIGAN, INC. 2956 Ashmun St., Suite A, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 800-562-4957

Michigan Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) is an incentive program that encourages eligible students to complete high school by providing tuition assistance for the first two years of college and beyond. To meet the financial eligibility requirement, a student must have (or have had) Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36-consecutive-month period as identified by the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS).

Michigan Education Savings Program

MESP offers families many benefits in saving for future college education costs including flexibility in using the saved funds, broad choice of investments, low minimum contributions, a State of Michigan matching grant, and much more.

Michigan Education Trust

The MET program is designed to help students and their families save for a future college education through the pre-purchase of undergraduate tuition at any Michigan public university or college for a child residing in Michigan.


If you are 25 years or older, you may still be eligible for tuition-free community college. In February 2021, the state will begin accepting applications for Michigan Reconnect, a new state program that offers tuition-free community college to all Michigan residents who are 25 or older and do not have a college degree. Look for the Michigan Reconnect website in February 2021 to apply! Subscribe to our email updates to be the first to hear when the application becomes available.

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