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State Financial Aid Programs

State of Michigan Financial Aid Information

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.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • 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.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • 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.

Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

Eligibility requirements include:

  • 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.

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.