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State Programs

Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) encourages eligible Medicaid recipients to complete high school by providing tuition assistance for qualifying certificate or associate degree program and during the student’s bachelor’s degree program. These two periods of assistance are referred to as ‘Phase I’ and ‘Phase II’. Mott Community College is a Phase 1 participating institution.

To meet the financial eligibility requirement a student must have (or have had) Medicaid coverage for 24 months with a 36 consecutive month period as identified by the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS). Only students who were identified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) as having met the Michigan Medicaid eligibility requirement may apply for TIP. Students must be enrolled in a certificate or associate degree program, registered in a minimum of six credits each semester and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to maintain eligibility. TIP Phase I benefits cannot exceed 24 credits per academic year.

Program Limits

Mandatory fees cannot exceed $250 per semester. Total cumulative TIP Phase I benefits cannot exceed 80 credits. TIP eligibility ends six years from the date of high school graduation or its recognized equivalent. Current and future awards are subject to available and approved funding. Other gift aid may reduce this award.

For additional information visit the Student Financial Service Bureau.

To have TIP awarded at MCC: Complete and submit a Tuition Incentive Program Application with required documents and a roster will be sent to the school by the State of Michigan.


Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS)

The Michigan Competitive Scholarship program is available to an undergraduate student pursuing their first degrees at an approved Michigan Postsecondary institution. Awards are based on both academic merit and financial need.

To be eligible for MCS a student must file a FAFSA prior to the MCS application deadline and achieve a qualifying SAT score the year the student completed high school or its recognized equivalent. Students must be registered in a minimum of six credits each semester, minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements in order to maintain eligibility.

Program Limits

Awards are restricted to tuition and mandatory fees and pay up to a maximum of $1,000 for the academic year at participating institutions. MCS eligibility ends for a student after receiving a bachelor’s degree, completing the equivalent of ten semesters (or term equivalent), or when a student has been out of high school over ten years, whichever occurs first. Current and future awards are subject to available and approved funding. Other gift aid may reduce this award.

For additional information, visit the Students Financial Service Bureau.

To have MCS awarded at MCC: Complete the FAFSA by MCS application deadline of March 1st. Students will be awarded based on the roster sent to the school by the State of Michigan.


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.

An application is required and can be completed through the  MiSSG Student Portal. Students must be registered in a minimum of six credits each semester, minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.25 and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements in order to maintain eligibility.

Program Limits

Undergraduate students may receive $2,800 scholarship assistance per academic year up to four academic years and a total of up to $11,200. Future awards are subject to available and approved funding.

For additional information, visit the Students Financial Service Bureau.

To have CVTG awarded at MCC: Students will be awarded based on the roster sent to the school by the State of Michigan.


Fostering Futures Scholarship (FFS)

The Fostering Futures Scholarship provides scholarships to students who have experienced foster care in Michigan on or after age 13. Students must also demonstrate financial need to qualify.

The application deadline for Academic year 2018-2019 is June 30, 2018. Students must be registered in a minimum of six credits each semester and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements in order to maintain eligibility.

Program Limits

Awards are restricted to tuition and mandatory fees, books and supplies, and room and board, and pay up to a maximum of $3,000 per academic year at participating institutions. FFS is available on a first-come, first-served basis to undergraduate students. MI Student Aid determines the maximum award amount annually. Other gift aid may reduce or cancel this award.

For additional information, visit the Students Financial Service Bureau.

To have FFS awarded at MCC: Students will be awarded based on the roster sent to the school by the State of Michigan


Michigan Gear up Scholarship (MI GEAR UP)

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a Federal program designed to provide early intervention services and programs to students in middle school and high school. Michigan GEAR UP (MI GEAR UP) targets low-income students by providing them with support services to increase their opportunity to succeed in postsecondary education.

To be eligible a student must successful participate in the MI GEAR UP six-year program and receive a nomination. Nominated students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA ). Students must be registered in a minimum of six credits each semester and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements in order to maintain eligibility.

Program Limits

Selected nominees may receive a scholarship for up to three academic years to be completed within four years from the date of award. Future awards are subject to available and approved funding.

For additional information, visit the Students Financial Service Bureau.

To have MI GEAR UP awarded at MCC: Students will be awarded based on the roster sent to the school by the State of Michigan


Police Officer’s and Fire Fighter’s Survivor Tuition Grant (STG)

The Police Officer’s and Fire Fighter’s Survivor Tuition Act provides for the waiver of tuition at a Michigan community college or public university for children and surviving spouses of Michigan police officers and fire fighters killed in the line of duty. The program is intended to provide an educational benefit to the spouse and children of police officers and fire fighters who made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities and the citizens of Michigan.

An application is required and can be completed through the  MiSSG Student Portal. Eligible students must apply for the first time before the age of 26. Students must be registered in a minimum of six credits each semester and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements in order to maintain eligibility.

Program Limits

Program eligibility ends when a student has received a bachelor’s degree or after completing the equivalent of nine (9) semesters or 14 terms (124 semester hours or 180 term hours). The eligible college or university may waive tuition only for courses applicable toward a certificate or degree in which the applicant is enrolled. Tuition may be waived only to the extent that the tuition is not covered or paid by any other scholarship, trust fund, statutory benefit, or other source of tuition coverage. Future awards are subject to available and approved funding.

For additional information, visit the Students Financial Service Bureau.

To have STG awarded at MCC: Students will be awarded based on the roster sent to the school by the State of Michigan


Michigan Education Trust (MET)

The Michigan Education Trust is a qualified tuition plan or Section 529 plan which allows for the pre-purchase of tuition based on today's rates and then paid out at the future cost when the beneficiary is in college. It is a flexible, tax-advantage program designed to help families invest for future college costs. Students must notify the MET office of their choice to attend MCC prior to the semester they will be attending.

For additional information visit the Michigan Education Trust website.

To have MET awarded at MCC: Once registered for a semester, students will be awarded based on the roster sent to the school by the Michigan Education Trust.


Michigan Education Savings Plan (MESP)

The Michigan Education Savings Plan is a qualified tuition plan or Section 529 plan. It is a flexible, tax-advantage program designed to help families invest for future college costs. Students must notify the MESP office of their choice to attend MCC prior to the semester they will be attending.

For additional information visit the Michigan Education Savings Program website.

To have MESP awarded at MCC: Students will need to complete a tuition request form with the MESP office. The MESP office will then send a check to MCC. Once MCC receives the check the funding will be applied.


Students are encouraged to start the process early in order to allow time for processing prior to payment due dates. Please view the Important Dates here.


February 28, 2019
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