State Grants and Scholarships

Michigan Competitive Scholarship Program

The Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS) is based on both financial need and merit.  To be considered, students must have at least a 23 composite ACT score.  Starting with the class of 2017 a student must take the SAT prior to entering college and achieve a qualifying score of 1200.  The Federal processor must receive the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.  Students are responsible for notifying the State Scholarship and Grant Office (SSG) of a change in their college choice.  This can be done through the MiSSG Student Portal at or by calling 1-888-4-GRANTS (888-447-2687). ~Eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Students must have at least a 23 composite ACT score.  Starting with the class of 2017 a student must take the SAT prior to entering college and achieve a qualifying score of 1200. This test should be taken in the junior or senior year of high school.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or an approved refugee
  • Have been a continuous Michigan resident from July 1 of the year preceding the academic year for which the student is applying for the scholarship
  • Demonstrate financial need, based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); list Grand Rapids Community College as your first school on the FAFSA
  • Enroll at least half-time (6 credit hours or more)
  • Have not completed a Bachelor’s degree
  • Not in default on a Federal Title IV loan
  • Not be incarcerated
  • Not pursing a degree in theology or religious education
  • Guest students are eligible for summer only

Awards can be renewed annually for a maximum of ten semesters within ten years of high school graduation, as long as the applicant meets the following:

  • Demonstrates financial need, according to the annual FAFSA
  • Maintains Michigan residency and undergraduate student status
  • Maintains satisfactory academic progress as defined by Grand Rapids Community College
  • Meets all other program eligibility requirements

Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

The Tuition Incentive Program is a state funded program and it is provided only to students who have (or have had) Medicaid coverage for 24 months within 36 consecutive months. The Department of Human Services (DHS) identifies students as early as the sixth grade. Treasury will send an eligibility letter to all financially eligible students. Students who qualify will need to provide the Office of Financial Aid with a copy of this letter, birth certificate (or other proof of US citizenship or eligible non-citzenship) and high school diploma or GED certificate.

Phase I of the Tuition Incentive Program pays community college in-district tuition, the student record fees, activity fees and technology fees for eligible students. It does not pay for course fees, contact hour fees, or the facilities maintenance fee. TIP pays for 24 credit hours per academic year for up to a maximum of 80 credit hours lifetime. A student can only receive TIP benefits at one institution per semester.  Eligibility requirements include the following:

  • A U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted alien with permanent status
  • A resident of Michigan (according to College policy)
  • Has a high school diploma or GED
  • Enrolled in an academic degree, academic certificate or transfer program
  • Obtain a high school diploma, certificate of completion or GED prior to age 20
  • Determined financially eligible by Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) prior to high school graduation
  • Enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours or more)
  • Initiate TIP funds within four years (48 months) of high school graduation or GED completion
  • Not in default on a Federal Title IV loan
  • Meet the Grand Rapids Community College Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Important Information

Further information about the Tuition Incentive Program can be found at TIP Fact Sheet.

Students must utilize TIP funding within 10 years of their high school graduation date.  Once Phase II TIP funds have been initiated at a four-year institution, the student is no longer eligible for Phase I TIP funds. Future TIP awards are subject to availability and approved funding from the State of Michigan.

Native American Tuition Waiver

The State of Michigan has provided funds which permit tuition waivers for all Native Americans who can certify 25 percent or more Indian blood. Students should contact their tribal council for application materials. They must also pay their required fees and be enrolled in a degree/certificate program. More information is available through Michigan's Department of Civil Rights.