Tuition Incentive Program
Special Note for Class of 2014:
Students who graduated from high school in 2014, are eligible for the Tuition Incentive Program (TIP), and haven’t started using TIP yet are nearing the point where they will forfeit their awards, permanently. Students must begin using TIP within four years of completing high school. For the Class of 2014, this means that this coming Fall semester is the last opportunity to do so.
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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).
Beginning 2018-19, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the federal deadline.
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 2017-18 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.