Paying for College

It's a fact: Macomb Community College is a SMART CHOICE!

  • Test the waters at one-quarter the cost of a Michigan four-year college or university.
        Save up to $18,000 your first two years.
  • Enjoy college life without the college price.
  • Over 80% of our graduates finish DEBT-FREE!

Yet, there are TWO QUESTIONS that you no doubt still have:



For more information on how much college will cost, see our Tuition, Fees and Payment page.

For more information on paying for college, please read below and check out the links.

Financial Aid: We're Here To Help

Financial aid is any source of funds to help you meet your educational expenses. We participate in a wide variety of programs and encourage you to explore every option. Click on the bullets below for details.

NOTE: For all Federal Programs, you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to qualify.

Federal Grants
Federal Grants are part of your Financial Aid Awards Package.

Student Loans
Macomb participates in the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program.

College Work-Study
College Work-Study is a federally-funded program that offers part-time employment, either on campus or with an off-campus community service organization. This enables eligible Macomb students with financial need to earn money for educational expenses, AND receive valuable work experience.

State Aid
Current programs available are based on funds appropriated by the Michigan State Legislature.

Macomb Grants
The College appropriates funds each year to award to students who meet eligibility criteria.

Private Scholarships
Many private scholarships are available through the Macomb Foundation. Each is awarded based on different criteria.

Your First Step

Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the primary basis for determining your financial aid award package. Read the step-by-step instructions carefully before beginning the application process.

Be sure to include the Macomb Community College Federal School Code, 008906, on the FAFSA.

paying for college

Everybody likes big-name schools, and it all sounds great. But when you actually sit down and realize the bills you're going to have, it becomes less appealing. I opted to go to Macomb for the first two years because I would be getting the same type of learning. It saved me a ton of money, which was awesome!

George Westerman
SQL Developer

paying for college

I definitely would encourage students to take a year or two and go to Macomb because the class sizes are small and it’s a lot cheaper than a university.

Madison Engstrom
Former Macomb student who transferred to nursing school

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