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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.
Students must be enrolled in courses leading to an associate degree or certificate. 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 or GED completion (i.e., application example). 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.
For 2011, over 16,424 students were awarded scholarships totaling $34.6 million dollars.
Additional information and eligibility requirements are on the TIP Fact Sheet.
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