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 Types of Grants

The University of Michigan places a high priority on need-based financial aid to fulfill its commitment to meeting the demonstrated financial need of Michigan resident undergraduates. In fact, $109.3 million in need-based grants were awarded during the 2011-2012 academic year, helping to ensure that an economically diverse student population from the State of Michigan could enroll at the university.

Although most of the grants awarded to University of Michigan students are based on financial need, a few, such as the federal TEACH Grant and the State of Michigan’s Children of Veterans Tuition Grant, have special purposes and eligibility criteria. The sources of grants awarded to U-M students are listed on this page.

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FEDERAL NEED-BASED GRANTS

FEDERAL PELL GRANT

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
  • Awarded only to the lowest-income families
  • Undergraduate; first bachelor's degree 
  • Must complete the financial aid application process by the priority deadline
  • Eligibility is based, in part, on student enrollment at the beginning of a semester.  If a student withdraws or receives a non-passing grade for a class, we must confirm that the student attended at least one session of that class. If you did not attend a class for which you withdrew or received a non-passing grade your Pell funding will be reduced.
TERMS OF AWARD:
  • Awards vary from $577 to $5,730, based on need
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time; less than half-time enrollment allowed in certain circumstances
  • Cannot receive for more than 12 full-time semesters
  • There is an annual Pell limit. Students enrolled full-time for Fall/Winter terms will use their annual limit in these terms. Part-time students may have Spring/Summer eligibility depending upon individual FAFSA data. Contact us for information.

More information from the U.S. Department of Education

SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT (FSEOG)

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
  • Awarded only to Pell Grant-eligible dependent undergraduates who are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree and have an Expected Family Contribution of $200 or less
  • Must complete the financial aid application process by the priority deadline
  • Award amounts vary based on available funding
TERMS OF AWARD:
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time

More information from the U.S. Department of Education 

IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN SERVICE GRANT

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
  • You may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if:
    • you are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution but
    • meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and
    • your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and
    • you were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death.
       
  • Due to the March 1, 2013 federal sequestration and budget cuts: Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants first disbursed after March 1, 2013 and before Oct. 1, 2013 will be reduced by 10 percent from the original statutory amounts. Grants disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2013 will be reduced by 7.2 percent.
TERMS OF AWARD:
  • The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the award year but cannot exceed your cost of attendance for that award year.
 

 More information from the U.S. Department of Education

STATE OF MICHIGAN NEED-BASED GRANTS

 MICHIGAN COMPETITIVE SCHOLARSHIP  

See State of Michigan Paying for College website

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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN NEED-BASED GRANTS

 MICHIGAN GRANT

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
  • Undergraduates who are pursuing their first bachelor's degree 
  • Must complete the financial aid application process by the priority deadline
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time
TERMS OF AWARD:
  • Available to eligible U-M students during the first 10 terms of enrollment in a college or university. This includes U-M or any other institution and includes enrollment during Spring/Summer Terms. 

M-PACT

The M-PACT program was started by U-M President Mary Sue Coleman in 2005 to provide need-based grant assistance to low-income Michigan residents. In its first year, M-PACT reduced loans and increased grants for more than 2,900 resident undergraduates. In its second year, the M-PACT program was expanded and the university began replacing loans with grants for students with the greatest need.

For information about the history of the M-PACT program, see the U-M News Service press releases from  2006 and 2007.

PROVOST'S AWARD

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
  • Offered to neediest entering and continuing non-resident undergraduates who are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree
  • Renewal based upon recipients meeting or exceeding the University’s minimum standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress and maintaining full-time, continuous enrollment at the University of Michigan 
  • Must complete the financial aid application process by the priority deadline
  • A student’s financial and family situation must not change substantially, including the number of family members enrolled in college
TERMS OF AWARD:
  • Available to eligible U-M students during the first 10 terms of enrollment in a college or university. This includes U-M or any other institution.

U-M CHILD CARE SUBSIDY PROGRAM

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
TERMS OF AWARD:

More information from the Office of Financial Aid

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FEDERAL NON-NEED-BASED GRANTS

TEACH (TEACHER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE FOR COLLEGE AND HIGHER EDUCATION) GRANT

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
  • Applicant must be U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Available to undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student
  • Must be enrolled in or planning to complete coursework to teach in high-need field
  • Academic requirements: cumulative GPA of at least 3.25
  • Must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve
  • Due to the March 1, 2013 federal sequestration and budget cuts: TEACH Grants first disbursed after March 1, 2013 and before Oct. 1, 2013 will be reduced by 6 percent from the original statutory amounts. Grants disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2013 will be reduced by 0.89 percent.   
TERMS OF AWARD:
  • Student must teach in a high-need field serving low-income students for 4 full years within 8 years of receiving the grant
  • Grant reverts to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan (with interest from the date the grant was disbursed) if recipient does not complete service obligation 

More information from the Office of Financial Aid

 

STATE OF MICHIGAN NON-NEED-BASED GRANTS

CHILDREN OF VETERANS TUITION GRANT

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

   Student must:

  • be a natural or adopted child of a Michigan veteran
  • be an undergraduate older than 16 and younger than 26 years of age
  • enroll at least half-time 
  • be a Michigan resident for one year prior to program application 
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident 
  • not have been convicted of a felony involving an assault, physical injury, or death
   Veteran must:

  • have been killed in action or died from another cause while serving in war or war condition in which the USA was or is participating; or
  • have died or become totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected illness or injury as determined by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs; or
  • have been totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected illness or injury prior to death and has now died; or 
  • be listed as MIA (missing in action) in a foreign country as determined by the U.S. government.
TERMS OF AWARD:
  • Provides up to $1,400 for half-time, up to $2,100 for three-quarters time, up to $2,800 for full-time, or an amount equal to all of the student's eligible tuition in that academic year, whichever is less
  • Student must apply each year; go to www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid and type "Children of Veterans Tuition Grant" in the search box, or call 1-888-447-2687.
  • Renewable up to 4 years max, subject to available and approved funding
  • Student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.25 

More information from the State of Michigan

MICHIGAN INDIAN TUITION WAIVER

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
  • Student must be at least 1/4 blood North American Indian (certified by the Tribal Enrollment Department) 
  • Student must be a member of a federally recognized tribe (certified by the Tribal Enrollment Department) 
  • Must be a legal resident of the state of Michigan for not less than 12 consecutive months.
TERMS OF AWARD:
  • Full tuition
  • One-year award; renewability depends on state funding each year

More information, application, FAQs and eligibility criteria from the State of Michigan

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