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 About Grants

The University of Michigan places a priority on providing need-based financial aid to fulfill its commitment to meet the demonstrated financial need of Michigan resident undergraduates.  Although most grants awarded to U-M students are based on financial need, a few, such as the federal TEACH Grant and the State of Michigan 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.

When you are admitted to the University, you will be considered automatically for most of the grants administered by the Office of Financial Aid. If you want to be considered for need-based university grants, you should also file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and, for entering students, a CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

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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:
  • Based on need
  • Awards vary with a maximum of $5,730 (for 2014-2015) and $5,775 (for 2015-2016)
  • 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 FAFSA data.

More information from the U.S. Department of Education

FEDERAL 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 federal sequestration: Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2014 and before Oct. 1, 2015 will be reduced by 7.3 percent. Grants disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2015 and before Oct. 1, 2016 will be reduced by 6.8 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

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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN NEED-BASED GRANTS

 UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN GRANT (formerly Michigan Grant)

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
  • Need-based
  • Undergraduates pursuing their first bachelor's degree 
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time
TERMS OF AWARD:
  • Limited to the first 10 terms of enrollment in a college or university, including U-M or any other institution and including during Spring/Summer terms 
 

M-PACT

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
  • Need-based
  • Undergraduates pursuing first bachelor's degree
  • Michigan residents 
  • Must complete financial aid application process by priority deadline
  • Full-time enrollment or approved Study Abroad 
TERMS OF AWARD:
  • Award amount varies based on need; students with the lowest Expected Family Contributions on the FAFSA and PROFILE 
  • Renewable, but must reapply for aid and meet eligibility criteria each year; available to the first 10 terms of enrollment in a college or university, including U-M or any other institution and including during Spring/Summer terms
  • This award has a required self-help component. Receipt of additional aid could result in reduction of institutional need-based gift aid.

   PROVOST'S AWARD

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
  • Need-based
  • Undergraduates pursuing their first bachelor’s degree
  • Non-Michigan residents
  • Must complete financial aid application process by priority deadline
  • A student’s financial and family situation must not change substantially, including the number of family members enrolled in college
  • Full-time enrollment or approved Study Abroad 
TERMS OF AWARD:
  • Award varies based on need; students with the lowest Expected Family Contributions on FAFSA and PROFILE
  • Renewable, but student must reapply for aid and meet eligibility criteria each year; available to U-M students during the first 10 terms of post-secondary education
  • This award has a required self-help component. Receipt of additional aid could result in reduction of institutional need-based gift aid.

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:
  • Available to undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student
  • Enrollment in or plan to complete coursework to teach in high-need field
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time; less than half-time enrollment allowed in certain circumstances (if less than full-time, loan won't disburse until after drop/add)
  • Academic requirements: cumulative GPA of at least 3.25
  • Must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve
  • Due to federal sequestration: TEACH Grants first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2014 and before Oct. 1, 2015 will be reduced by 7.3 percent. Grants disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2015 and before Oct. 1, 2016 will be reduced by 6.8 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 service requirements are not satisfied

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

MICHIGAN NATIONAL GUARD STATE TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
  • Must be active in the National Guard and not absent without leave or under UCMJ charges and meet additional state criteria. 
  • Visit the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website www.michigan.gov/dmva for application/instructions and additional details
TERMS OF AWARD:
  • Award ranges up to $4,500 for the academic year
  • You must report this payment to the U-M Office of Financial Aid when you receive it

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

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN NON-NEED-BASED GRANTS

  WOLVERINE ACCESS GRANT

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
  • Undergraduate resident students pursuing first bachelor's degree (first awarded for Fall/Winter 2014-15; no new awards beginning in Fall 2015)
  • Must complete the financial aid application process by the priority deadline
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time
TERMS OF AWARD:
  • Limited to the first 10 terms of enrollment in a college or university, including U-M or any other institution and including during Spring/Summer terms
  • Students may not receive both University of Michigan Grant and Wolverine Access Grant  

 

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