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State Grant, Scholarship & Waivers

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 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

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 SAT scores. Those eligible may receive up to the amount of demonstrated financial need or the amount of tuition, whichever is less, not to exceed an amount set by the State.  Eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Student must provide their Social Security number to MI Student Aid by their senior year in high school.
  • Achieve a qualifying SAT score of at least 1200 prior to entering college.
    • Prior to the Class of 2017, eligible applicants must have achieved a qualifying ACT score of at least 23 (composite) or 90 (scaled score) prior to entering college.
  • Possess a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Enroll at least half time.
  • Be a Michigan resident since July 1 of the previous calendar year. If a dependent student, parent must also be a Michigan resident since July 1 of the previous calendar year.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or approved refugee.
  • Not be incarcerated.
  • For renewal, maintain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • For renewal, must meet institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.
  • Not be in default on a Federal student loan.

Program eligibility ends when a student has received a baccalaureate degree, after completing the equivalent of ten semesters (or term equivalent), or when a student has been out of high school over ten years, whichever occurs first. Future awards are subject to available and approved funding.

For more information on eligibility, renewal, deadlines and current year award amounts, visit

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 U.S. 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.