Tuition Incentive Program – Phase I (TIP)

Program Limits

Students must begin using TIP by enrolling at a participating college within four years of high school graduation. Eligibility ends six years from the date of high school graduation or its recognized equivalent.

TIP benefits cannot exceed 80 semester or 120 terms credits (24 semester of 36 term credits per academic year). Phase I remaining credits may be used towards a second certificate or associate degree provided the student has not initiated Phase II benefits.

Contact hours and tiered tuition rates are not covered by TIP.

Future awards are subject to available and approved funding.

Participating Institutions

Michigan community college, public university or independent, degree-granting college or university.  Institution must offer a minimum one-year certificate program or associate degree programs.

Not all colleges and universities offer associate degree programs. If the college or university does not offer such programs, students will not receive TIP assistance until they reach 56 credit hours and begin using Phase II. Students must be enrolled in a certificate or associate degree program. TIP will only cover classes within a student’s program of study.

Award Amount

Phase I covers the cost of tuition at the standard in-district rate at participating Michigan community colleges. For persons not residing in a community college district, the out-of-district rate may be authorized.

Tuition at the lower-level resident rate is covered at participating Michigan public universities.

The amount that can be received at participating degree-granting, non-profit independent colleges, federal tribally-controlled colleges per credit hour is the average community college tuition rate ($113 for 2019-20).

Mandatory fees cannot exceed $250 per semester or term. Mandatory fees must be specified in the college’s course catalog as mandatory for all students as a condition of enrollment.