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Eligibility

  • No, if a student is eligible for the award, they must be awarded per packaging guidance. Remaining funds may be rolled into future terms/semesters in the same academic year, if applicable.
  • Yes, institutions can retroactively award Michigan Achievement Scholarship during the active academic year. For example, if a student becomes eligible for Fall 2023 in the Summer 2024 semester/term, they can be awarded, so long as the final payment deadline for the academic year has not passed.
  • Yes, if the student is deemed independent, institutions should only use the student’s residency status.
  • No, a student cannot receive funding from Michigan Achievement Scholarship and Michigan Competitive Scholarship at the same time. Michigan Competitive Scholarship is no longer available to students who have graduated high school (or its equivalent) in 2023 or greater.
  • Yes, consortium students are eligible to receive the Michigan Achievement Scholarship. The home institution will determine the award amount using their semester program limits highlighted in our Packaging Order Guidance.

  • Yes, students must meet all eligibility requirements for the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, and the following:

      • Credits earned at the student’s institution will be transferred and applied to a certificate or degree at their home institution, and
      • They are currently enrolled in a degree-granting or certification program at their home institution, and
      • Be an approved Guest Student as determined by the institution, and 
      • Be enrolled full-time at their guest institution
  • Home-schooled students may be eligible if the institution accepts the home-school documents as proof of Michigan high school completion.
  • In order to renew the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, a student must complete a current year FAFSA, have a Student Aid Index (SAI) of $30,000 or less, be enrolled full-time, continue to be a Michigan resident, not be incarcerated, not be in default on a Federal student loan, and meet the institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.

    • Students who received the Michigan Achievement Scholarship in Academic Year 2023-24, and have completed a 2024-25 FAFSA, shall be considered meeting the financial need component of the Michigan Achievement Scholarship for Academic Year 2024-25 regardless of their SAI. Received is defined as:
      • A student receiving payment of Michigan Achievement Scholarship, or
      • A student who met all eligibility criteria and was certified as exceeds Cost of Attendance (COA)

    A student does not have to receive the Michigan Achievement Scholarship every academic year in order to receive it in a subsequent year, as long as it is within the five academic years once their first Michigan Achievement Scholarship payment is received, and they continue to be eligible.  A student that is considered eligible and receives a payment within the 15-month timeframe after graduation (or equivalent) can float in and out of eligibility.

  • Yes, as long as the student is meeting all eligibility requirements for Michigan Achievement Scholarship. They must also enroll as a full-time undergraduate student for Academic Year 2023-24 or an academic year that is within 15 months of high school graduation or its equivalent.
  • There is no deadline. Students must complete the current year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered.

  • A student eligible for Michigan Achievement Scholarship must be enrolled at least full-time or its equivalent, as defined by the institution.
  • Yes, as long as the student graduates from high school in Michigan with a diploma, certificate of completion, or achieved a high school equivalency certificate in 2023 or after.
  • The Michigan Achievement Scholarship can be used in the Summer semester if the student remains enrolled full-time and has not exceeded their maximum annual limit.
  • To qualify for Michigan Achievement Scholarship, a student must be enrolled in a degree-granting program or qualifying certificate program. An acceptable certificate program must be a minimum of 24 semester credits (or 36 term credits) and at least 30 weeks of instructional time within a 12-month consecutive period. Courses outside of the degree-granting program may be included in determining the student’s enrollment status and Cost of Attendance (COA).
  • Yes, at private colleges; a student may receive Michigan Achievement Scholarship and Michigan Tuition Grant. Award amounts may vary depending on your financial aid package.
  • Students have a total of five years to utilize the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, with no more than three years being used at an eligible community/tribal college. Students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program at a Michigan community college may be eligible to receive the Michigan Achievement Scholarship for up to five consecutive years. MiSSG will track the award time constraints.
  • No, a student with an EFC of $25,000 or SAI of $30,000 or less is eligible for Michigan Achievement Scholarship consideration, regardless of if the EFC exceeds the COA.

  • Yes, a student is able to repeat failed courses and receive Michigan Achievement Scholarship funding. Any course required by a student’s degree or certificate program that the student has taken, but did not achieve a passing grade.
  • Institutions may keep program funds if costs were incurred; unused funds must be refunded to SSGO via MiSSG.
  • Students may be eligible to receive both Tuition Incentive Program and Michigan Achievement Scholarship at the same time up to the allowable expenses.
  • Initial guidance surrounding SAI has been determined and posted on the Michigan Achievement Scholarship webpage. Please continue to monitor the webpage and GovDelivery messages for updates.

  • Yes, students who graduate from high school in Michigan with a diploma, certificate of completion, or achieved a high school equivalency certificate in 2023 or after may be eligible regardless of age.
  • There is no age requirement as long as you are a graduate from a Michigan high school with a diploma, certificate of completion, or achieved a high school equivalency certificate in 2023 or after. Students must enroll at an eligible institution within 15 months of high school graduation or earning a high school equivalency certificate.