Explore the Benefits of the Michigan Competitive Scholarship

Undergraduate students pursuing their first degrees at an approved Michigan post-secondary institution can access the Michigan Competitive Scholarship program.

To qualify, students must demonstrate both financial need and merit.

Furthermore, eligible applicants must take the SAT (for the class of 2017 and beyond) and achieve a qualifying score before entering college.

Michigan Competitive Scholarship

Eligibility for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship

  1. Provide Social Security Number: Students must furnish their Social Security number to MI Student Aid by their senior year in high school.
  2. SAT Qualification: Achieve a qualifying SAT score of at least 1200 before college enrollment.
  3. ACT Qualification (Pre-2017): For applicants before the Class of 2017, they must have attained a qualifying ACT score of at least 23 (composite) or 90 (scaled score) before entering college.
  4. High School Diploma: Possess a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent.
  5. Financial Need: Demonstrate financial need.
  6. Enrollment: Enroll at least half-time.
  7. Michigan Residency: Be a Michigan resident since July 1 of the previous calendar year. If dependent, the parent must also meet this residency requirement.
  8. Citizenship Status: Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or approved refugee.
  9. No Incarceration: Must not be incarcerated.
  10. Renewal GPA Requirement: For renewal, maintain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0.
  11. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP): For renewal, students must meet the institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.
  12. No Federal Loan Default: Must not be in default on a Federal student loan.

The Michigan Competitive Scholarship Program Limits

Award Restrictions:

Awards are limited to covering tuition and mandatory fees, with a maximum payout of $1,500 for the academic year at participating institutions.

Financial Aid Coordination:

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 received may reduce or cancel this award.

  1. Eligibility Termination: Program eligibility ends when a student meets any of the following conditions:
    • Receives a baccalaureate degree.
    • Exhausts their check counts (equivalent to 10 full-time semesters/terms).
    • Has been out of high school for over ten years, whichever occurs first.
  2. Check Counts: Each student starts with a pool of 60 check counts, equivalent to 10 full-time semesters/terms.
  3. Funding Availability: Current and future awards are subject to available and approved funding.

Michigan Competitive Scholarship Application Process

Submit FAFSA by May 1: Applicants must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 1.

Select Priority School: The first institution listed on the FAFSA will receive priority consideration.

College Choice Updates: Students must take responsibility for informing MI Student Aid if they decide to change their college choice.

Benefits of the Michigan Competitive Scholarship:

  1. Financial Support: The scholarship provides financial assistance to eligible undergraduate students pursuing their first degrees.
  2. Tuition and Fee Coverage: It covers tuition and mandatory fees, helping to alleviate the cost burden of education.
  3. Maximum Award: Students can receive up to a maximum of $1,500 for the academic year at participating institutions.
  4. financial aid Coordination: Colleges’ financial aid offices help coordinate all eligible sources of aid, ensuring students receive the maximum support available.
  5. Flexible Eligibility: Alternative scholastic achievement criteria may be considered for certain student cohorts.
  6. Renewable: The scholarship is renewable as long as students maintain the required GPA and meet the institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.
  7. Check Counts: Students start with 60 check counts, equivalent to 10 full-time semesters/terms, ensuring support throughout their undergraduate education.
  8. State Residency: It encourages Michigan residency, benefiting both the student and the state.
  9. No Loan Default: Eligibility is not affected by federal student loan default status.
  10. Subject to Funding: Awards are subject to available and approved funding, ensuring continued support for eligible students.