Federal Grants

State of Michigan Grants

  • Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver (MITW)
    The Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver program, authorized by the State of Michigan, waives the tuition costs for eligible Native Americans in the state’s public community colleges and universities, including the University of Michigan-Flint. Students granted the waiver by the state will still be required to cover other costs, such as housing and meals, textbooks, and incidentals.

    University of Michigan-Flint Statement Honoring the Homeland and Historical Experiences of Native Americans
    The University community acknowledges that the land where the campus is located in Flint, Michigan is the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary homeland of many Indigenous nations, most recently the Anishinabek (including Potawatomi, Chippewa/Ojibwe, and Odawa) tribal nations.

    We acknowledge the painful history of genocide, forced relocation, and removal of many from this territory, and we honor and respect the many Indigenous people, including those of the Three Fires Alliance, who are still connected to this land.

University of Michigan-Flint Grants

Graduate Grant

Graduate Grant is a type of gift aid funded by UM-Flint. The Graduate Grant is a type of need-based aid – it is offered to graduate students that meet a certain Expected Family Calculation (EFC) range. Students must be a Michigan resident and must be at least half-time status. It requires neither repayment nor employment. Conditional and Probationary admits are not eligible. Students must fill out a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).

University Grant

University Grant is a type of gift aid funded by UM-Flint. 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. Students must fill out a FAFSA.

Institutional Grant

Institutional Grant is a type of gift aid funded by UM-Flint. 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 first-year 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. Students must fill out a FAFSA and have been awarded Institutional Grant their first year to be eligible for the University Grant.

Child Care Grant

Child Care Grant provides funds to students with children to assist in meeting the cost of licensed child care during the school year. Students apply for the Child Care Grant once per school year (starting with Fall). Each semester eligibility is reviewed to determine ongoing funding. The maximum award for the UM-Flint Child Care Grant is $2,000 ($1,000 per fall or winter semester) and will be dependent upon the number of applications and available funding.

To be eligible for the Child Care Grant, you must:

  • Be enrolled at least half-time in a degree granting program at UM-Flint.
  • Be the parent of a child 12 years old or younger, or a child with special needs under the age of 19.
  • Incur child care expenses from a provider licensed in your state.
  • Demonstrate financial need as verified by your FAFSA.
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as required by the university.
  • Use child care services because you are a single student, or if married, because your spouse is either a student or employed outside the home.

How to apply:

Note: Please do not submit any application earlier than 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester for which you are applying.

Awarding of the grant:

  • Applications are reviewed and awards are determined approximately 3 weeks into each semester to allow for confirmation of attendance.
  • Deadlines:
    • Fall – December 1 at 5 p.m.
    • Winter – TBD
    • Spring – TBD
    • Summer – TBD
  • Students who applied for the grant for Fall will automatically be reconsidered for Winter, Spring, and/or Summer. The grant will be based on the information already provided and the number of credits you are registered for as of the add/drop deadline on the 10th day of the semester.
  • The amount of grant is based on:
    • financial need, number of contact hours/credits the student has per semester, ages of children enrolled in licensed care, other resources assisting with child care (such as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services), and available UM-Flint funding.
  • The grant will be applied as a credit to your student account and will result in a refund. It will be the student’s responsibility to use the refund as payment to the licensed child care provider.
  • If you need assistance in finding a provider, please contact Great Start to Quality before the deadline.

CGS Critical Difference Grants

The Center for Gender and Sexuality (CGS) Critical Difference Grants are one-time financial awards for returning students who find themselves in an emergency financial situation that imperils their ability to remain enrolled at the University of Michigan-Flint. Examples of emergency needs that may qualify for assistance include paying for automobile repair or securing reliable transportation to school, providing food for family, preventing imminent shut-off of a vital utility service, or covering childcare expenses.

Fill out the application for any of the below CGS grants. You will be notified of the decision within three to four business days. If awarded the grant, you will receive the funds automatically or be able to pick them up at the Office of Cashiers/Student Accounts. For questions, please email cgs.umflint@umich.edu.

CGS Emergency Grant
To be eligible for the CGS Emergency Grant, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled at UM-Flint, either full or part-time
  • Be a returning student defined as any student, new or continuing, part-time or full-time, who has unexpectedly been financially impacted due to COVID-19
  • Participated in at least one CGS program in the past 2 years
  • Have a 2.0 G.P.A. or better
  • Have not received a Critical Difference Grant in the past
  • A FAFSA* is on file with the Office of Financial Aid and there is unmet need in your budget
  • Request is to cover unexpected, emergent expense (please note that receipts and other documentation may be requested)

Unfortunately, we cannot grant Emergency Funds to cover the following:

  • As a replacement for student loans
  • Anticipated or chronic funding gap
  • Conferences/training or conference travel
  • Study abroad

*There may be exceptions to this, such as if you are an international student or an undocumented student, in which case this criterion may be waived.

CGS Women+ Critical Difference Grant

To be eligible for the CGS Women+ Critical Difference Grant, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled at UM-Flint, either full or part-time
  •  Be a returning student defined as any student, new or continuing, part-time or full-time, who has had at least a consecutive 24-month interruption in her or his education. The interruption may be either between high school and college or during college, or both
  •  Have a 2.0 G.P.A. or better
  •  Have not received a Critical Difference Grant in the past
  • Request is to cover unexpected, emergent expense (please note that receipts and other documentation may be requested)
  • A FAFSA* is on file with the Office of Financial Aid and there is unmet need in your budget
  • You have not already received Emergency Funds from Women+ in the current academic year

Unfortunately, we cannot grant Emergency Funds to cover the following:

  • As a replacement for student loans
  • Anticipated or chronic funding gap
  • Conferences/training or conference travel
  • Study abroad

*There may be exceptions to this, such as if you are an international student or an undocumented student, in which case this criterion is waived.

Mary Jo Sekelsky LGBTQ+ Grant

To be eligible for the Mary Jo Sekelsky LGBTQ+ Grant, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled at UM-Flint either full or part time
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing
  • Have not received a Critical Difference Grant in the past
  • Applicants must be participants in programs, events, or services offered by the CGS