State of Michigan Offers

Residents of Michigan may qualify for scholarships and/or grants from the state of Michigan. To be eligible, students must file a FAFSA and login to the MISSG Student Portal. The State of Michigan will notify WMU of student eligibility and the financial aid office will offer students accordingly.

Children of Veterans Tuition Grant

The Children of Veterans Tuition Grant provides undergraduate tuition assistance to students older than 16 and less than 26 years of age who are the natural or adopted child of a Michigan veteran. The veteran must have died or became totally and permanently disabled as a result of military service.

Fostering Futures Scholarship

The Fostering Futures Scholarship provides scholarships to students who have experienced foster care in Michigan on or after age 13. Students must also demonstrate financial need to qualify.

Michigan Competitive Scholarship

The Michigan Competitive Scholarship is available to undergraduate students pursuing their first degree and is based on both financial need and merit. To be considered, a student must take the SAT (class of 2017 and beyond) prior to entering college and achieve a qualifying score of at least 1200. This offer requires financial need, as determined by the State of Michigan. Students receiving this offer at WMU will be offered a preliminary offer which is subject to change, if additional financial aid is received throughout the year.

Michigan Educational Trust

MET is a 529 Prepaid Tuition Plan which allows for the pre-purchase of tuition based on today's rates and then paid out at the future cost when the beneficiary is in college. MET allows parents, grandparents, businesses and others to pre-purchase undergraduate tuition for a child residing in Michigan at any Michigan public university or college, including 28 public community colleges.


  • MET contract purchased from the State of Michigan.
  • You must notify the State of Michigan you are attending WMU.
  • MET notifies WMU on a semester-by-semester basis of eligible students and maximum number of credit hours remaining for each student.
  • WMU adds the MET payment to the student account on a semester-by-semester basis (after receiving eligibility information from MET).
  • Can be used for study abroad (up to amount of tuition and fees for 12 credit hours at WMU).

Contract covers: Cost of tuition (up to a maximum number of hours as designated by MET). Mandatory fees including enrollment and student assessment fees, the program part of the orientation fee and first year experience program fee. Please note that room, board, books, non-mandatory fees and other expenses are not covered by MET. Contact Michigan Education Trust at (800) 638-4543 or

Michigan GEAR-UP Scholarship

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal program designed to provide early intervention services and programs to students in middle school and high school. Michigan GEAR UP (MI GEAR UP) scholarship targets low-income students by providing them with support services to increase their opportunity to succeed in post-secondary education.  

Michigan Indian tuition waiver

The Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver program is authorized by the State of Michigan and waives the tuition costs for eligible Native Americans in the state's public community colleges and universities. 

Police and Firefighter Survivor Tuition Grant 

The Police Officer’s and Fire Fighter’s Survivor Tuition Act provides for the waiver of tuition at a Michigan community college or public university for children and surviving spouses of Michigan police officers and fire fighters killed in the line of duty. The program is intended to provide an educational benefit to the spouse and children of police officers and fire fighters who made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities and the citizens of Michigan.

Talent Incentive Program (TIP) Grant

The Tuition Incentive Program encourages students to complete high school by providing college tuition assistance after graduation. Eligible students are those who have or have had Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36-consecutive month period as identified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Students may receive a maximum of $2,000 in TIP funds. Eligible students will received $500 in the fall and spring semesters. Students may receive one summer TIP award per academic year for $400. To receive TIP in the summer, students must submit a summer financial aid application and request TIP funding.