Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant

The Pell Grant Program is an entitlement program based on financial need. Scholastic accomplishment has no bearing on eligibility. The applicant must be enrolled as a student in an approved postsecondary institution and must need financial assistance to continue his or her education.

Financial need is determined by a formula applied to all applicants by the federal government and the student eligibility index is calculated by this formula.

Students are limited to receiving the Pell Grant for the equivalent of six years of full-time funding. The FAFSA becomes available on the web January 1st of each year. 

How to Apply

Students may apply for a Pell Grant by filling out a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) on the web. Please visit the Applying for Financial Aid page for more information.

Award Amounts

Award amounts for the 2014-2015 award year range from $602 to $5,730.

The amount of the award will be affected by cost of attendance and enrollment status and status at the time of the first Pell Grant disbursement. Please click here to view the 2014-15 Pell Grant Award Schedule. This information will help you determine your Pell grant amount based on your enrollment status.

Rights and Responsibilities of Recipients

Students must continue to make Satisfactory Academic Progress in the program in which enrolled. Students must not owe any refunds on Pell Grants or other awards or be in default on repayment of any student loans.

Before receiving payment, the student must sign a statement, available from the Office of Financial Aid, that all money received will be used for the cost of attendance only.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)

These are federal grants awarded by MCCC to undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents demonstrating financial need. The grants must be at least $100 and not more than $2,000 per year. Students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress to continue receiving the grant, and meet all other conditions outlined in the Eligibility Requirements section. Filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for this grant.

State Grants

TIP – Tuition Incentive Program
This program pays college tuition and fees for students from lower income families. It provides tuition assistance for the first 2 years of college and beyond.  To meet the financial eligibility requirement, 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). If you are eligible for TIP, you should have received a letter from the state notifying you of this. The Financial Aid Office will need a copy of this letter in order to ensure TIP pays for the student’s tuition. In addition to this, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filled out by the student for the current academic year in order to verify residency and citizenship.

Michigan Competitive Scholarship Program

These scholarships offer tuition and fees to Michigan residents of 12 months who qualify through a competitive examination, and who show financial need. Recipients must be attending MCCC full-time. Awards may be renewed annually for a maximum of 10 semesters, as long as need, a 2.0 grade point average, and satisfactory academic progress are maintained.

More information is available from high school counselors and by writing to the State of Michigan, Department of Education, Student Financial Assistance Services, P.O. Box 30008, Lansing, MI 48909.