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Paying for College

You don’t have to go into debt to go to college

At Macomb, you have several options to help pay for your college education. Your dollars (financial aid or otherwise) also go further at Macomb, with most transfer students saving up to $20,000 on the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. Two great reasons why more than 80 percent of our students finish debt free! New students are encouraged to attend an admissions event to learn more about financial aid, explore academic programs and how to apply.

Financial Aid You Don’t Have to Pay Back

(some restrictions apply)

Federal Grants

What many people think of first in terms of financial aid.

State Grants/Scholarships

The State of Michigan offers various opportunities for residents who qualify.

Macomb Grants

Funded and awarded by Macomb Community College.

Private Scholarships

Macomb offers nearly 225 with varying criteria established by each private donor.


The Macomb Office of Veteran & Military Services can assist with identifying specific resources available.

Employee Reimbursement

Check with your employer to see if they have a tuition reimbursement program for Macomb Community College

Other Types of Financial Aid

Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program

Both low interest and deferred payments are available for those who qualify.

Federal Work-Study

A federally-funded program that offers part-time, paid employment on campus or with a local community service organization. And you also get resume-building experience!

Jose “This has helped me focus on school, because I’m right here, I don’t have to commute to a job after class,” says Jose Romo-Puerta, a work-study student in Macomb’s marketing department. “This is my second semester doing this and I would absolutely recommend work-study to other students.”

For Your Ongoing Education

Transfer Scholarships

If you do well academically at Macomb, you may also be eligible for a transfer scholarship offered by most public and some private colleges and universities in Michigan exclusively to students transferring from a community college.

Take the First Step

Complete and submit the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - required for all federal and state aid.

Tuition and Fees at Macomb

Macomb’s tuition scale is based on residency, with Macomb County residents, as well as military veterans, paying the lowest rate. There is also an affiliate rate for students in neighboring counties with limited access to a community college. Consult the Tuition, Fees and Payment page for the fee schedule and information about the college’s Tuition Payment Plan.

Maximize your financial aid by following your program plan. Talk with a counselor or academic advisor for details after you are admitted.