Grants are generally a type of need-based "gift aid", meaning that they do not need to be paid back.  Although grants are a preferred type of aid over loans, each type of grant functions with different benefits and limitations

Click each type of grant below to learn more.

Pell Grant

What is it?

The Pell Grant is a form of federally funded gift aid.

  • It is need-based, meaning that it is awarded to students within a certain EFC range.

  • A lifetime aggregate limit of 12 full-time semester awards applies regardless of when the student first received a Federal Pell Grant.

  • Federal regulations state that students who are eligible to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and choose to extend their enrollment without graduating cannot continue to receive the Federal Pell Grant. Students who complete the requirements to earn a degree and continue to take undergraduate courses without accepting the degree (for a second major or minor or second degree), will have their Federal Pell Grant cancelled for any subsequent semesters as they are no longer eligible.

  • If it is reported by faculty that an undergraduate Federal Pell Grant eligible student never attended class(es), their Pell Grant will be recalculated based on their enrollment and attendance in other courses within the semester. This may cause a reduction in Pell Grant awards.

  • Federal Pell Grant will be reduced for those undergraduate Pell Grant eligible students who elect to take graduate level course-work that may potentially count toward a graduate degree.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and they must be considered undergraduates seeking a first bachelor's degree. The Pell Grant is also need-based in that the student must meet a certain EFC range. Pell Grant funds are also reduced if a student does not attend full-time - this is determined by the student's enrollment status as of the add/drop deadline set by the Registrar's Office.

How do I apply?

Students may apply for the Federal Pell Grant by filling out a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). 

 

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

What is it?

The Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a form of federally funded gift aid.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens and they must be considered undergraduates seeking a first bachelor's degree. The SEOG is also need-based. It is awarded to students with the highest amount of need. It is offered on a first come, first served basis. Students must be enrolled at least half-time to receive the SEOG.

How do I apply?

Students may apply for SEOG by filling out a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).  

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH)

What is it?

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is a type of federally funded gift aid. The maximum award for the TEACH Grant is $4000/year*. You can read more about this grant here.

IMPORTANT: The TEACH Grant also includes a service obligation. If not completed, this grant will be converted into a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan which must be paid back to the U.S. Department of Education and will accrue interest.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and they must be majoring in an eligible major as defined by University guidelines. The TEACH Grant is offered to both undergraduates and graduate students with a GPA requirement of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. It is also reduced if a student does not attend full-time.

How do I apply?

Students may apply for the TEACH Grant by filling out a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). The TEACH Grant also requires the completion of TEACH Grant counseling

*Due to sequestration, amounts may vary.

Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver (MITW)

What is it?

The Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver (MITW) is a type of gift aid funded by the state of Michigan. It is offered to those of Native American descent and covers the entirety of a student's tuition. You can read more about this grant here.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, a student must be at least a 1/4 blood quantum Native American Indian as verified by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. The student must also be a member of a US Federally recognized tribe as verified by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and a resident of Michigan. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for this grant.

How do I apply?

To apply, a student must complete the "student" section of the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver application. This application must then be submitted to the student's Tribal Enrollment Department to be certified. Finally, the student must ensure the certified application and documentation are submitted to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights to be verified. This may or may not be completed by the student's Tribe; it is the student's responsibility to ensure the application is verified.

 Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver (MITW) Application

Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

What is it?

The above video introduces and explains the TIP program

The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) is a type of gift aid funded by the state of Michigan. TIP provides assistance in two phases. Phase I covers tuition and mandatory fee charges for eligible students enrolled in a credit-based associate degree or certificate program at a participating Michigan community college, public university, degree-granting independent college, federal tribally-controlled college or Focus: HOPE. Phase II provides a maximum of $2,000 total tuition assistance for credits earned in a four-year program at an in-state, degree-granting college or university.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for TIP, a student must have (or have had) Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36-consecutive-month period as identified by the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS). Students must have completed at least 56 transferable credit hours to be eligible and Phase II use must begin within 30 months of Phase I completion.

How do I apply?

If eligible, the Student Scholarships and Grants (SSG) will send the student an acceptance form. The student must then complete the acceptance form and return it to SSG before graduation from high school or GED completion and must graduate before the student's 20th birthday to activate financial eligibility for the program. SSG will send the student an “eligibility letter” in their senior year of high school which should be presented to the financial aid office upon enrollment to receive payment.

Michigan Tuition Incentive Program Fact Sheet

Graduate Grant

What is it?

The Graduate Grant is a type of gift aid funded by the University of Michigan-Flint.

Am I eligible?

The Graduate Grant is a type of need-based aid - it is offered to graduate students that meet a certain EFC range. Students must be a Michigan resident and must be at least half-time status. Conditional and Probationary admits are not eligible.

How do I apply?

Students must fill out a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for the Graduate Grant. 

University Grant

What is it?

The University Grant is a type of gift aid funded by the University of Michigan-Flint.

Am I eligible?

The University Grant is a type of need-based aid - it is available only to students in a certain EFC range. It is offered to undergraduate students seeking a first bachelor's degree. Students must be a Michigan resident and must be at least half-time status - students who are not enrolled full-time will have their grant reduced.

How do I apply?

Students must fill out a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for the University Grant.