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Eligibility

  • 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.
  • The U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid usually emails this to the student within 1-3 business days after submitting a FAFSA.
  • To receive a Michigan Achievement Scholarship, students must:

    • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Be a Michigan resident since July 1 of the previous calendar year.
      • If you are a dependent student, your parent must also be a Michigan resident since July 1 of the previous calendar year.
    • Graduate from high school in Michigan with a diploma or a certificate of completion or achieved a high school equivalency certificate in 2023 or after.
    • Demonstrate financial need when they complete the FAFSA— for Academic Year 2024-25, by having a Student Aid Index (SAI) of $30,000 or less.
      • 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)
    • Enroll full-time at an eligible institution—including Michigan community colleges, tribal colleges, and public or private universities.
    • Enroll at an eligible institution within 15 months of high school graduation or earning a high school equivalency certificate.

    Students are not eligible if they are incarcerated or are in default on a federal student loan.

  • If your family has special circumstances that do not accurately reflect the current financial situation of your family, then you should reach out to your college’s financial aid office to discuss the possibility of a re-evaluation. Please note that the timeline for this process can vary by institution.
  • There is no deadline. Students must complete the current year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Yes, home-schooled students may be eligible if the institution accepts the home-school documents as proof of Michigan high school completion 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.
  • Yes, through the Michigan Achievement Skills Scholarship at an eligible career training program. To learn more about this program, visit the Career Training page of our website.
  • 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.
  • Yes, students must meet all eligibility requirements for the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, and the following: 
    • Credits earned at the students 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

     

  • No, students must attend a Michigan participating institution.
  • Yes, students may transfer from a Community College to a University. Students may be eligible to receive Michigan Achievement Scholarship for up to five consecutive years total, with no more than three years at a Michigan community college and tribal college.
  • Students may be eligible to receive both Tuition Incentive Program and Michigan Achievement Scholarship at the same time up to the allowable expenses.
  • Visit the Federal Student Aid resource for clarification.
  • 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.
  • No, Michigan Achievement Scholarship is based on demonstrated need.

    • For 2023-24 students, Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $25,000 or less.
    • For 2024-25 students, Student Aid Index (SAI) of $30,000 or less.
  • No, we strongly encourage everyone to complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for Michigan Achievement Scholarship.
  • 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.
  • Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is an index number used to determine your eligibility for federal student financial aid. Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov.
  • Your Student Aid Index (SAI) is an index number used to determine your eligibility for federal student financial aid. Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Be a Michigan resident since July 1 of the previous calendar year.
    • If you are a dependent student, your parent must also be a Michigan resident since July 1 of the previous calendar year.
  • Class of 2024 graduates can now complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • You can apply today by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A separate application is not required.

    Students are also encouraged to create an account in the MiSSG Portal so you can track the status of your scholarship. You can create a MiSSG Student Portal account 3 – 5 business days after completing your FAFSA.

  • No. Students must graduate from high school in Michigan with a diploma or a certificate of completion or achieved a high school equivalency certificate in 2023 or after.