Gov. Whitmer announced that students who want to be given priority consideration for state of Michigan financial aid programs now have some extra time to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing and submitting a FAFSA is a critical step when applying for grants, scholarships, and other forms of financial assistance to help lower the cost of higher education.
FAFSA submissions now received at the federal processor on or before May 1 are given priority consideration for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship and Michigan Tuition Grant. The original state priority consideration deadline was March 1.
Prior to completing the FAFSA online, the student and at least one parent or guardian must obtain a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) at fafsa.gov. This ID serves as a legal signature and confirms an applicant’s identity when accessing financial aid information through certain U.S. Department of Education Web sites. Federal Student Aid has a variety of resources to walk users through each step of creating a FSA ID.
Administered by Treasury, MI Student Aid is Michigan’s go-to resource for finding the financial resources needed to pay for college. For more information, contact MI Student Aid at email@example.com, 1-888-447-2687 or @mistudentaid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.
Other Postsecondary Education Programs
Governor Whitmer believes that every Michigander deserves a path to a high wage job, and she is committed to making college degrees and skill certificates available and affordable for more residents.
In the past year alone, over 170,000 Michiganders applied for scholarships through Michigan Reconnect and Futures for Frontliners, two programs she created to put people on tuition-free paths to better-paying jobs.
Reconnect scholarships are accepted by all Michigan community colleges and are even available to eligible adults who are already enrolled in their local community college. The program pays the remaining balance of tuition and mandatory fees after other state and federal financial aid have been applied. For those who choose to attend an out-of-district community college, Reconnect will pay the in-district portion of tuition.
Michigan Reconnect is available to all Michiganders 25 and over possessing a High School Diploma. You must also:
- Have lived in Michigan for a year or more
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Have not yet completed a college degree (associate or bachelor’s)
Details at: https://bit.ly/36P0C7A
For Futures for Frontliners – get the details at: https://bit.ly/36r9e4P