State Grants and Scholarships

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Starting in the 2018-2019 school year ALL recipients of any state aid MUST complete a FAFSA.

Michigan Competitive Scholarship Program

The Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS) is based on both financial need and merit.  To be considered, students must have a qualifying SAT score of 1200.  The federal processor must receive the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.  Students are responsible for notifying the Student Scholarships and Grant Office (SSG) of a change in their college choice.  This can be done through the MiSSG Student Portal or by calling 1-888-4-GRANTS (888-447-2687). The maximum award is to be determined annually by the State of Michigan.

  • Starting with the class of 2017 a student must take the SAT prior to entering college and achieve a qualifying score of 1200. Students prior to 2017 graduation, must have at least a 23 composite ACT score. This test should be taken in the junior or senior year of high school.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or an approved refugee
  • Have been a continuous Michigan resident from July 1 of the year preceding the academic year for which the student is applying for the scholarship
  • Demonstrate financial need, based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); list Grand Rapids Community College as your first school on the FAFSA
  • Enroll at least half-time (6 credit hours or more)
  • Have not completed a Bachelor’s degree
  • Not in default on a Federal Title IV loan
  • Not be incarcerated
  • Not pursing a degree in theology or religious education
  • Guest students are eligible for summer only
  • 2017-18 Michigan Competitive Scholarship Fact Sheet

Awards can be renewed annually for a maximum of ten semesters within ten years of high school graduation, as long as the applicant meets the following:

  • Demonstrates financial need, according to the annual FAFSA
  • Maintains Michigan residency and undergraduate student status
  • Maintains satisfactory academic progress as defined by Grand Rapids Community College
  • Meets all other program eligibility requirements

Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

Eligible students are those who have or have had Michigan Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36-consecutive month period as identified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Students must apply for TIP prior to August 31 of the year they graduate from high school (or its equivalent) and before their 20th birthday. Students must complete an application via the MiSSG Student Portal, or by calling the office at 888-447-2687. Visit the Student Portal and click on the "student" button to navigate to the MiSSG student portal and create an account. Additionally, students must submit a copy of their high school diploma and birth certificate to GRCC.

NOTE: Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year ALL TIP recipients must complete the FAFSA.

At GRCC, Phase 1 benefits cover the standard tuition cost of 24 credits each academic year and up to $250 in mandatory fees per semester.  Only 80 credits of benefits are available in Phase 1, even if the student has not completed their degree. 

To be eligible the student must also meet the following:

  • A U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted alien with permanent status
  • A resident of Michigan (according to College policy)
  • Has a high school diploma or GED
  • Enrolled in an academic degree, academic certificate or transfer program
  • Obtain a high school diploma, certificate of completion or GED prior to age 20
  • Note: Starting with the class of 2017, students who attend an Early/Middle College have until age 21 to graduate and complete the TIP application, rather than age 20. This is for Early/Middle College graduates only.
  • Determined financially eligible by Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) prior to high school graduation
  • Enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours or more)
  • Initiate TIP funds within four years (48 months) of high school graduation or GED completion
  • Not in default on a Federal Title IV loan
  • Meet the Grand Rapids Community College Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

For more information, a TIP Fact Sheet is available at Tuition Incentive Program Fact Sheet

Students must utilize TIP funding within 10 years of their high school graduation date.  Once Phase II TIP funds have been initiated at a four-year institution, the student is no longer eligible for Phase I TIP funds. Future TIP awards are subject to availability and approved funding from the State of Michigan.

NOTE:  Summer Guest Students, see a summer TIP application. Available in March.

MI Student Aid - Scholarship Search

Complete this Scholarship Database Information Survey and the State of Michigan will compare your information to their scholarship database and contact you about the results.

Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver

Tuition waivers are available for students who are 1/4 or more Native American blood quantum as certified by their Tribal Enrollment Department, enrolled citizens of a U.S. federally recognized Tribe, and legal residents of the State of Michigan for not less than 12 consecutive months. Students should contact the Michigan Department of Civil Rights for additional information and application materials, Michigan's Department of Civil Rights. The tuition waiver does not over fee or book/supply charges.

Fostering Futures Scholarship (FFS)

This scholarship provides eligible foster youth with scholarship funds for tuition, fees, room/board, books and supplies required for enrollment. Students must have been in foster care on or after their 13th birthday to qualify. The Fostering Futures fact sheet and application may be found at FFS Fact Sheet.

Children of Veterans Tuition Grant (CVTG)

This grant provides undergraduate tuition assistance to children of qualified Michigan veterans who are totally and permanently disabled, MIA, or deceased, due to a service-connected injury or illness.  The renewable award pays a maximum of $2,800 per academic year. An application is required. For additional information and fact sheet go to:  CVTG Fact Sheet.

Police and Fire Fighter's Survivor Tuition Grant

The Police Officer’s and Firefighter’s Survivor Tuition Act (STG) was established in 1996, (P.A. 195) to provide for a waiver of tuition at state public institutions of higher education for children and surviving spouses of Michigan police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

Students must be the spouse or the natural or adopted child of a deceased officer or firefighter. Children must be under the age of 21 at the time of the death; and must also apply for the first time before the age of 21.

Additional information and eligibility requirements are on the STG Fact Sheet.

GEAR UP College Day Scholarship (GUCD)

GUCD recipients must have successfully completed the GUCD Scholarship six-year program; possess a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent using the Michigan Merit Based Curriculum; be eligible for a Pell grant; enroll at least half time at a participating Michigan public degree-granting college; be less than 22 years old; be a resident of Michigan; and must use the scholarship within six (6) years of high school graduation.

Additional information and eligibility requirements are on the GUCD Fact Sheet.

Additional State Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

For additional scholarship and grant information from the State of Michigan, go to MI Student Aid.