Scholarships & Financial Aid
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Remember to start filling out your FAFSA form beginning October 1st of your senior year. To get the most financial assistance for college, your FAFSA must be turned in no later than Michigan's deadline of May 1st.
The FAFSA form is available to students and parents to complete through the myStudentAid mobile app and the FAFSA.gov website. You can download the myStudentAid app in the Apple App Store (iOS) or through Google Play (Android).
Before you begin, you must create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID at this LINK. The FSA ID consists of a user-created username and password to electronically access personal information on Federal Student Aid Web sites. You can use your FSA ID immediately to sign your FAFSA, but you must wait for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify your information before the FSA ID can be used to create a renewal FAFSA, make corrections to your FAFSA, or view your Student Aid Report (SAR).
If you need help, please see this step-by-step tutorial called 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA. We also recommend reviewing the Federal Student Aid at a Glance publication provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Also, view this VIDEO on how to complete the FAFSA form.
Michigan Achievement Scholarship
On October 11, 2022, Governor Whitmer signed Public Act 212 of 2022 to establish the Michigan Achievement Scholarship.
Starting with the high school class of 2023, students will be eligible for more financial aid from the State:
- Up to $2,750 if they attend a community college, per year
- Up to $5,500 if they attend a public university, per year
- Up to $4,000 if they attend a private college or university, per year
Students will be eligible if their family demonstrates financial need* when they complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
*Financial need is defined as an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $25,000 or less.
High school seniors can get started by following these steps:
- File the FAFSA.
- Create a MiSSG Student Portal account three to five business days after filing your FAFSA.