This year’s graduating seniors can lower the cost of a degree or skill certificate by thousands of dollars a year due to the new Michigan Achievement Scholarship. Glen Oaks Community College wants to remind students and their parents about this new opportunity as now is the time to get started.
“We’ve already had over 60 high school students apply for the scholarship,” said Dr. David H. Devier, Glen Oaks president. “Students planning to attend Michigan community colleges can receive upwards of $2,750 per year for up to three years. This program is expected to double the number of students in Michigan with college scholarships from the state.”
“For some, the Michigan Achievement Scholarship could be the difference in being able to afford higher education,” said Devier. “Students are urged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form as soon as possible to start the admission process.”
Through the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, students who graduate from high school in Michigan or achieve a high school equivalency certificate in 2023 or after will be eligible for significantly more financial aid from the state of Michigan. Eligibility for the scholarship includes:
- Michigan public university: Up to $5,500 per year for up to five years
- Michigan private college or university: Up to $4,000 per year for up to five years
- Michigan community colleges: Up to $2,750 per year for up to three years
- Eligible training provider: Up to $2,000 per year for up to two years
Eligibility for the Michigan Achievement Scholarship is determined by filling out the FAFSA. If the FAFSA shows that a person has an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $25,000 or less, then that student is likely eligible for the scholarship. This means that a family making $150,000 or more a year could qualify. This is a major change from other aid programs that do not help nearly as many students. It is estimated that the scholarship will cover:
- 94% of students attending community colleges
- 79% of students attending a private college or university
- 76% of students attending a public university.
Visit: Michigan.gov/achievement for full details on the program.