Tuition Incentive Program

Description

The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) encourages eligible Medicaid recipients to complete high school by providing tuition assistance during an eligible student’s qualifying certificate or associate degree program and also during the student’s bachelor’s degree program.

These two periods of assistance are referred to as ‘Phase I’ and ‘Phase II'.

TIP Fact Sheet

Eligibility

  • Student must have (or have had) Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36-consecutive month period between the ages of nine and high school graduation.
  • Complete the TIP application no later than August 31 of the academic year in which the student graduates from high school or its recognized equivalent.
  • Obtain a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent prior to age 20.
    • Students who attend a state-approved Early/Middle College have until age 21 to graduate and complete a TIP application.
  • Be a Michigan resident as determined by institutional criteria.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or approved refugee.
  • Not be incarcerated (does not include detention of a juvenile in a State-operated or privately-operated detention facility).
  • Not be in default on a Federal/State student loan.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time.
  • For renewal, must meet institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.

Application Process

An application is required and can be completed through the MiSSG Student Portal or by phone at 1-888-447-2687. 

Applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The first institution listed on the FAFSA will be considered the priority school. Students are responsible for notifying MI Student Aid of a change in their college choice. This can be done through the MiSSG Student Portal or by calling 1-888-447-2687.

Deadline

Eligible students must apply before August 31 of the student’s graduating year from high school or it’s recognized equivalent.

Phase I

TIP Phase I provides tuition assistance to eligible students enrolled in a certificate or associate degree program and taking classes within the program of study.

Learn More About Phase I

Phase II

TIP Phase II provides tuition assistance to eligible students who have a certificate, associate degree, or 56 transferrable semester credits.

Learn More About Phase II

Authority

Public Act 124 of 1987.

Contact:

MI Student Aid, 1-888-447-2687, mistudentaid@michigan.gov.

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