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State Grant, Scholarship & Waivers

State Grants

All state funds listed below are based on the funds appropriated by State Legislature; funding is subject to change without notice.

Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

Phase 1 of the Tuition Incentive Program pays community college in-district tuition and registration and student service fees (no course fees) for up to 12 credit hours per semester, or a total of 24 credit hours per academic year. TIP will pay 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 at Macomb; non-credit courses not eligible
  • Under the age of 20 at the time of high school graduation or GED completion
  • 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 Macomb Community College Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
  • Guest students are eligible


To be awarded TIP for the Fall or Winter semester, the student must submit the TIP eligibility letter and all required documentation prior to the last day of the semester in which the student is enrolled. However, if the student is eligible for TIP for the Spring/Summer semester, he/she must submit all documents no later than 30 days prior to the end of the Spring/Summer semester. The end date of the Spring/Summer semester can be found on the academic calendar page of Macomb’s website at

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 available and approved funding from the State of Michigan.

State Scholarships

Michigan Competitive Scholarship Program

This program provides financial assistance to students who demonstrate both financial need and academic potential. Academic potential is based on the national ACT. Those eligible may receive up to the amount of demonstrated financial need or the amount of tuition, whichever is less, not to exceed $1300 per academic year. Eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Achieve a qualifying score based on the national ACT. 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 Macomb 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 incarcerated
  • Not pursing a degree in theology or religious education
  • Guest students are eligible

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 Macomb Community College
  • Meets all other program eligibility requirements

Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver Program (MITW)

The Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver is a program enacted by Public Act 174 of 1976, which waives the tuition costs (student is responsible for paying all fees) for eligible Native Americans in public community colleges or universities within Michigan.

To be eligible for the MITW, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be enrolled at Macomb Community College AND
  • You must be ¼ or more Native American blood quantum as certified by your Tribal Enrollment Department AND
  • You must be an enrolled member of a US Federally recognized Tribe as certified by your Tribal Enrollment Department AND
  • You must be a legal resident of the state of Michigan for not less than 12 consecutive months
  • Guest students are not eligible

To determine your eligibility, you must submit a certification application through the Civil Rights Commission. Please contact the Civil Rights Commission at 517-241-7748 or for certification materials or detailed information regarding tribal eligibility. You may also contact the Financial Aid Office at 586-445-7228 for general questions.