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Michigan Competitive Scholarship

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Michigan Competitive Scholarship

The Michigan Competitive Scholarship is available to undergraduate students pursuing their first degree and is based on both financial need and merit. To be considered, a student must take the SAT (Class of 2017 and beyond) prior to entering college and achieve a qualifying score of at least 1200.

Michigan Competitive Scholarship is no longer available to students who have graduated high school (or its equivalent) in 2023 or greater.


  • Student must provide their Social Security number to MI Student Aid by their senior year in high school.
  • Achieve a qualifying SAT score of at least 1200 prior to entering college.
    • Prior to the Class of 2017, eligible applicants must have achieved a qualifying ACT score of at least 23 (composite) or 90 (scaled score) prior to entering college.
  • Possess a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Enroll at least half-time.
  • Be a Michigan resident since July 1 of the previous calendar year. If a dependent student, parent must also be a Michigan resident since July 1 of the previous calendar year.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or approved refugee.
  • Not be incarcerated.
  • For renewal, maintain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • For renewal, must meet institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.
  • Not be in default on a Federal student loan.

Application Process

Applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by July 1.

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 888-447-2687.

Program Limits

Awards are restricted to tuition and mandatory fees and pay up to a maximum of $1,500 for the academic year at participating institutions. It is the responsibility of the college financial aid office to coordinate all sources of aid for which a student may be eligible. Other gift aid may reduce or cancel this award. Program eligibility ends when a student:

  • Has received a baccalaureate degree, or
  • Has exhausted their check counts (a method used to monitor MCS usage), or
    • Each student will have a starting pool of 60 check counts (the equivalent of 10 full-time semesters/terms)
  • Has been out of high school over ten years, whichever occurs first.

Current and future awards are subject to available and approved funding.

*Class of 2020 and 2021 students may be considered using alternative scholastic achievement criteria determined by the department. 

Participating Institutions

Michigan community college, public university, or degree-granting, non-profit independent college (cannot be an institution whose primary purpose is to prepare students for ordination or appointment as a member of the clergy of a church, denomination, or religious sect).

Award Amount

Awards are restricted to tuition and mandatory fees. Awards pay up to a maximum of $1,500 per academic year.

Additional Resources

Public Act 208 of 1964