Tuition Incentive Program
The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) was established in 1987 under the Annual Higher Education Appropriations Act as an incentive program that encourages eligible students to complete high school by providing tuition assistance for the first two years of college and beyond.
For Phase I, a student must declare program of study and be enrolled in a Certificate or Associate degree program and taking classes within program of study. TIP Phase I will not cover tuition from courses outside of declared Certificate or Associate degree program. The list of participating institutions may be found on the last page of the TIP Fact Sheet. Certificate courses are defined as “at least a one-year training program that leads to a certificate (or other recognized educational credential), which prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”
Students must meet a Medicaid eligibility history requirement. Eligible students must apply prior to high school graduation (high school diploma or its recognized equivalent). The program targets students with financial need so students are encouraged to also complete the FAFSA.
Funds are appropriated annually in the Higher Education Appropriations Act. This program is administered by the Student Scholarships and Grants Division.
Legislative action was taken in June 2016 (Public Act 249) to place an $8.5 million dollar Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) cap for each institution beginning with the 17-18 school year.
All institutions are aware of the cap and some have taken steps to create a priority deadline. When selecting a college a student should follow up with the financial aid office to confirm whether they will be awarded TIP and see if further information is needed to finalize their financial aid.
Additional information and eligibility requirements are on the TIP Fact Sheet.