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State of Michigan Financial Aid Programs

State of Michigan Financial Aid Information

NOTE about MTG and MCS: The State of Michigan has approved the budget for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship and the Michigan Tuition Grant.  Students who are eligible for either of these programs will be awarded once the State sends the official roster to Davenport.  Currently, there is no specific timeline for the State to provide that information to the university.

Basic Eligibility Information

Michigan students may be eligible for State grants and scholarships in addition to other forms of financial aid. All Michigan awards are contingent on budgeted appropriation, funds available and residency requirements.

Residency Requirements

  • Michigan residency is required from July 1 of the year prior to enrollment. Students must re-apply each year.
  • It is each student's responsibility to register under the proper residence classification, to advise the Financial Aid Office or their advisor of possible changes in residence, and to furnish all requested information about proof of residency.
  • Since students normally come to Davenport University for the primary or sole purpose of attending the institution, rather than establishing a domicile in Michigan, those who enroll in Davenport University as nonresidents will continue to be so classified throughout their attendance as students unless and until they demonstrate that their previous domicile has been abandoned and a Michigan domicile established.
  • No students shall be eligible to receive Michigan Higher Education Assistance Authority funding (Michigan Tuition Grant or Michigan Competitive Scholarship) unless they/their parents have met this requirement before July 1 for the following award year.

Does your FAFSA need updates to become eligible for MTG or MCS?

  • If you need to change your college choice to Davenport University, correct question 101 on your FAFSA placing Davenport University as your first choice. The school code for all Davenport University Campuses is 002249.
  • If you need to correct residency information, answer questions 18, 19 and 20 on the FAFSA. If you are dependent your parents will need to answer questions 69, 70 and 71 on the FAFSA.
  • If you need to correct year in college information, change your answer to question 29 on your FAFSA (see listing below):

    0=1st year, never attended college
    1=1st year, attended college previously
    2=2nd year/sophomore
    3=3rd year/junior
    4=4th year/senior
    5=5th year/other undergraduate

State of Michigan Financial Aid Programs

The official State of Michigan website, Paying for College, contains detailed information on all state and federal financial aid., providing direct access to specific programs. Here is a summary of Michigan-based programs available to Davenport students:

Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS)

The MCS is awarded based on high-school ACT test scores and demonstrated financial need.


  • Apply via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Awards range up to $1,200 per year and may be renewed each year based on a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Maximum terms of eligibility: 10 semesters.
  • Michigan residency is required from July 1 of the year before enrollment.
  • Students enrolled at least half-time are eligible if need is established.
  • Make sure that Davenport University is listed first under the section on the of colleges that you want to receive the FAFSA information.
  • If you receive a notice from financial aid saying that you need to change your college choice, see the information listed under the Michigan Tuition Grant.

Michigan Tuition Grant (MTG)

The MTG is awarded, based on need, to students enrolled at Michigan independent colleges and universities.


  • Apply via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Awards range up to $1,200 per year to Michigan residents. Recipients must meet Davenport's Standards of Academic Progress.
  • Students must reapply each year; filing deadlines may apply. Maximum terms of eligibility: 10 semesters.
  • Students enrolled at least half-time are eligible if need is established.
  • Change College Choice: The State will award MTG to the school listed first on your FAFSA under the section of colleges. If you receive a financial aid notification asking you to change your college choice, you need to make the change to your FAFSA on the web.
  • The State decides on funding each year, so Davenport waits until the State has approved its budget before making any awards and until we receive notification from the State that the awarding period has ended.
  • The State of Michigan requires that Davenport confirms all students enrollment prior to disbursing money to students. For fall semester this confirmation occurs after the budget is approved and the State notifies Davenport with a list of eligible students, and for winter semester this typically occurs in early February. After enrollment is confirmed, Davenport is allowed to disburse funds to students for the given semester.


What is the Deadline to Apply for MTG?

  • Priority deadline is March 1 for MTG. DU must be listed as the first college choice on the FAFSA. Since we have limited funding for these programs, applicants filing their FAFSA's by the March 1 deadline does not guarantee that they will receive an award.

When Are MTG awards finalized?

  • Amounts are finalized when the State of Michigan Budget is finalized and we are notified of the final award amount for the year.  This usually takes place in JULY/AUGUST.

Can a student receive MTG to earn a second bachelor’s degree?

  • Eligible applicants may receive funds to complete two bachelor degrees but once a degree level is earned, may not use MTG to earn a lesser degree.

If a student applied by the MTG March 1 priority deadline but was not packaged with an award, can the student still receive an MTG award?

  • If funds are available to make additional awards and the students is listed on the roster. 

Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)


  • TIP promotes high school completion by providing tuition assistance to eligible lower-income students enrolled in certificate or associate degree programs.
  • The State of Michigan's Office of Scholarships and Grants determine a student's eligibility.
  • After being identified, the Office of Scholarships and Grants (OSG) will send the student an acceptance form.
  • The student must then complete the acceptance form and return it to OSG before graduation from high school or GED completion and before their 20th birthday to activate financial eligibility for the program.
  • The student will then receive an "eligibility letter" from OSG. The student is responsible for notifying OSG of a change in their college choice.
  • Students must send a copy of their eligibility letter to the Davenport Financial Aid Office for us to calculate eligibility.


What is the Deadline to Apply for TIP?

  • New High School Grads have until the 31St of August of their graduating year to certify with the state.  If they miss the deadline, they are not eligible for TIP.  Once they have certified with the state they have 4 years to initiate the use of TIP.   SSG will send the student a reminder notification during their senior year of H.S.

What are the eligibility requirements for TIP?

  • Students who have (or have had) Medicaid Coverage for 24 Months within a 36 Consecutive Month Period prior to H.S. Completion.  The 24 Months can begin as early as age 9.  Students must also meet the following eligibility Requirements:
    1. Obtain a H.S. diploma or its equivalent prior to age 20
    2. Be a Michigan resident
    3. Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or approved refugee
    4. Not be incarcerated (does not include detention of a juvenile in a State-operated or privately operated detention facility)
    5. Not be in default on Federal/State student loans
    6. Be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits)
    7. Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress

For TIP, does the high school transcript requirement need to be official?

  • The High School Transcript does not need to be official, but must have a Graduation Date on it.  We can also accept a copy of a H.S. Diploma with a graduation date on it.

 What are the requirements for TIP1 to be awarded?

  • TIP1 can only be awarded to students pursuing an undergraduate certificate program or associate degree.  Students are eligible to receive TIP1 funding up to 80 semester credits.  Students must be enrolled at least half time (6 credits) in their associates program for their TIP1 funding to disburse.  In addition, a TIP1 award cannot exceed 24 semester credits per award year (fall semester - spring/summer semester).

How is TIP1 awarded?

  • SSG sets the per credit hour rate allowance each year based on their funding levels. Initial TIP1 awards are made to eligible students at 12 credits per semester times the established rate plus an allowance of $250 per semester for mandatory fees. TIP1 awards will be adjusted for class schedules of more than or less than 12 semester hours.  Class schedules are also checked to determine if classes go towards the student’s associate’s degree.  Students are only eligible for TIP1 funds for classes that go towards their associate’s degree

What are the requirements for TIP2 to be awarded?

  • To be awarded TIP2, students must have one of the following:
    1. 56 Credit hours or
    2. A certificate (minimum of one year) or associate’s degree
  • Students must also be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and must be enrolled at least half time (6 credits) in their bachelor’s program for their TIP2 funding to disburse.

How is TIP2 awarded?

  • TIP2 is awarded at $500 per semester up to a maximum of $2000 for credits earned in their bachelor’s degree program.  TIP2 must be completed within 30 months of completion of TIP1.  Students can receive TIP2 funds without having received TIP1.

GEAR UP Michigan! Scholarship

The mission of GEAR UP is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Students may receive scholarship assistance for up to four academic years within five years of high school graduation. The maximum amount a student can receive for one year is equal to the maximum Pell Grant award. Future awards are subject to available and approved funds.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Successfully completed the GEAR UP Michigan! six-year program.
  • High school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Initiate postsecondary enrollment prior to age 22.
  • Demonstrate financial need by being eligible for a Pell Grant.
  • Enroll at least half-time.
  • Be a Michigan resident prior to enrolling in college.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or approved refugee.
  • Not be incarcerated.
  • For renewal, meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy requirements.

Fostering Futures Scholarship Application and Information

The Fostering Futures Scholarship (FFS) provides eligible foster youth with scholarship funds for tuition, fees, room/board, books, and supplies/equipment required for enrollment. The FFS is available to students on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must complete one application per academic year and return it to Student Scholarships and Grants, listed at the bottom of the application.

Application Enrollment Period

The 2018-19 Application enrollment period is March 15, 2018 - June 30, 2018. Late applications are not accepted.


  • Student must have been in Michigan foster care due to abuse/neglect on or after their 13th birthday.
  • Student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and demonstrate financial need.
  • Student must be attending a Michigan public or private degree-granting four-year college/university or a community college at least half time.
  • Student must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards as set by the institution.
  • Scholarship can only be used for undergraduate students; not available for graduate students.
  • This scholarship can be used along with the Education and Training Voucher (ETV).
  • If the student also has the Tuition Incentive Program (TIP), the TIP funds must be used before FFS funds.
  • There is no maximum age restriction for the student.

Students living outside of Michigan:

All students who reside outside of Michigan should check with their State Department of Education for scholarship and grant information.