About Grants

Grants are funds from the government or the university that do not need to be repaid.

Although most grants awarded to U-M students are based on financial need, a few, such as the federal TEACH Grant and the State of Michigan Children of Veterans Tuition Grant, have special purposes and eligibility criteria. The sources of grants awarded to U-M students are listed on this page.

There are grants that are based on need and some that that are not need-based. When you are admitted to the university, you will be considered automatically for most of the grants administered by the Office of Financial Aid. If you want to be considered for need-based U-M grants, you should also file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and, for entering students, a CSS/Financial Aid Profile.

FEDERAL NEED-BASED GRANTS

Federal Pell Grant

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Awarded only to the lowest-income families
  • Undergraduate; first bachelor's degree
  • Must complete the financial aid application process by the priority deadline
  • Eligibility is based, in part, on student enrollment at the beginning of a semester. If a student withdraws or receives a non-passing grade for a class, we must confirm that the student attended at least one session of that class. If you did not attend a class for which you withdrew or received a non-passing grade your Pell funding will be reduced.


TERMS OF GRANT:

  • Based on need
  • Grants vary with a maximum of $5,730 (for 2014-2015) and $5,775 (for 2015-2016)
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time; less than half-time enrollment allowed in certain circumstances
  • Cannot receive for more than 12 full-time semesters
  • There is an annual Pell limit. Students enrolled full-time for fall/winter terms will use their annual limit in these terms. Part-time students may have spring/summer eligibility depending upon FAFSA data.

More information from the U.S. Department of Education


Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Awarded only to Pell Grant-eligible dependent undergraduates who are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree and have an Expected Family Contribution of zero ($0)
  • Must complete the financial aid application process by the priority deadline
  • Grant amounts vary based on available funding

TERMS OF GRANT:

  • Must be enrolled at least half-time

 More information from the U.S. Department of Education


Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • You may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if:
    • you are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution but
    • meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and
    • your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and
    • you were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death.
  • Due to federal sequestration: An Iraq-Afghanistan Service Grant where the first disbursement is on or after October 1, 2019 and before October 1, 2020 requires a reduction of 5.9 percent from the amount for which the student would otherwise have been eligible. An Iraq-Afghanistan Service Grant where the first disbursement is on or after October 1, 2020 and before October 1, 2021 requires a reduction of 5.7 percent from the amount for which the student would otherwise have been eligible.

TERMS OF GRANT:

  • The grant is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the financial aid year but cannot exceed your cost of attendance for that year.

 More information from the U.S. Department of Education

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN NEED-BASED GRANTS
The Go Blue Guarantee: Are you a student with a family income of $65,000 or less? U-M will pay full undergraduate tuition and mandatory university fees for up to four years for students eligible for in-state tuition that have family incomes of $65,000 or less and assets below $50,000 and who are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree. Find out more.

Child Care Subsidy Program

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

TERMS OF GRANT:

More information from the Office of Financial Aid

Go Blue Grant

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Need-based
  • In-state undergraduates who meet Go Blue Guarantee eligibility requirements and are pursuing their first bachelor's degree. This grant represents all or a portion of the university's Go Blue Guarantee commitment, which is comprised of a variety of federal and institutional grant aid
  • Must complete financial aid application process by priority deadline
  • Full-time enrollment or approved Study Abroad

TERMS OF GRANT:

  • Grant amount varies based on need and availability of university funds
  • Renewable, but must reapply for aid and meet eligibility criteria each year

M-Pact

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Need-based
  • Undergraduates pursuing first bachelor's degree
  • Michigan residents
  • Must complete financial aid application process by priority deadline
  • Full-time enrollment or approved Study Abroad

TERMS OF GRANT:

  • Grant amount varies based on need; students with the lowest Expected Family Contributions on the FAFSA and Profile
  • Renewable, but must reapply for aid and meet eligibility criteria each year; available to U-M undergraduate students during the first 10 terms of enrollment in a college or university, including U-M or any other institution and including during spring/summer terms.
  • This grant has a required self-help component. Receipt of additional aid could result in reduction of institutional need-based gift aid.

Perkins Replacement Grant

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Need-based
  • In-state undergraduates pursuing their first bachelor's degree who would have received a federal Perkins Loan under previous federal guidelines
  • Must complete financial aid application process by priority deadline
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time

TERMS OF GRANT:

  • Grant amount varies based on need and availability of university funds
  • Renewable, but must reapply for aid and meet eligibility criteria each year

Provost's Award

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Continuing, previously awarded students only
  • Need-based
  • Undergraduates pursuing their first bachelor’s degree
  • Non-Michigan residents
  • Must complete financial aid application process by priority deadline
  • A student’s financial and family situation must not change substantially, including the number of family members enrolled in college
  • Full-time enrollment or approved Study Abroad

TERMS OF AWARD:

  • Award varies based on need; students with the lowest Expected Family Contributions on FAFSA and Profile
  • Renewable, but must reapply for aid and meet eligibility criteria each year; available to U-M undergraduate students during the first 10 terms of enrollment in a college or university, including U-M or any other institution and including during spring/summer terms.
  • This award has a required self-help component. Receipt of additional aid could result in reduction of institutional need-based gift aid.
  • Renewable, but must reapply for aid and meet eligibility criteria each year; available to U-M undergraduate students during the first 10 terms of enrollment in a college or university, including U-M or any other institution and including during spring/summer terms.

University of Michigan Grant

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Need-based
  • Undergraduates pursuing their first bachelor's degree
  • Must complete the financial aid application process by the priority deadline
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time

TERMS OF GRANT:

  • Renewable, but must reapply for aid and meet eligibility criteria each year; available to U-M undergraduate students during the first 10 terms of enrollment in a college or university, including U-M or any other institution and including during spring/summer terms

Victors Award

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Need-based
  • Student qualifies based upon their admissions and financial aid applications for their first year of attendance
  • Undergraduates pursuing their first bachelor’s degree
  • Must complete the financial aid application process by the priority deadline
  • Must be enrolled full-time

TERMS OF AWARD:

  • Will be awarded for up to 10 semesters

FEDERAL NON-NEED-BASED GRANTS

TEACH (Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education) Grant

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Available to undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student
  • Enrollment in or plan to complete coursework to teach in high-need field
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time; less than half-time enrollment allowed in certain circumstances (if less than full-time, loan won't disburse until after drop/add)
  • Academic requirements: cumulative GPA of at least 3.25
  • Must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve
  • Due to federal sequestration: TEACH Grants first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2018, and before Oct. 1, 2019, must be reduced by 6.2 percent from the amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible; and any TEACH Grant that is first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2019, and before Oct. 1, 2020, must be reduced by 5.9 percent from the amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible.

TERMS OF GRANT:

  • Student must teach in a high-need field serving low-income students for four full years within eight years of receiving the grant
  • Grant reverts to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan (with interest from the date the grant was disbursed) if service requirements are not satisfied

More information from the Office of Financial Aid

More information from the U.S. Department of Education

STATE OF MICHIGAN NON-NEED-BASED GRANTS

Children of Veterans Tuition Grant

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

Student must:

  • be a natural or adopted child of a Michigan veteran
  • be an undergraduate older than 16 and younger than 26 years of age
  • enroll at least half-time
  • be a Michigan resident for one year prior to program application
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • not have been convicted of a felony involving an assault, physical injury, or death

   Veteran must:

  • have been killed in action or died from another cause while serving in war or war condition in which the USA was or is participating; or
  • have died or become totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected illness or injury as determined by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs; or
  • have been totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected illness or injury prior to death and has now died; or
  • be listed as MIA (missing in action) in a foreign country as determined by the U.S. government.

TERMS OF GRANT:

  • Provides up to $1,400 for half-time, up to $2,100 for three-quarters time, up to $2,800 for full-time, or an amount equal to all of the student's eligible tuition in that academic year, whichever is less
  • Student must apply each year, visit the link below or call 1-888-447-2687.
  • Renewable up to four years max, subject to available and approved funding
  • Student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.25

More information from the State of Michigan

Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Student must be at least 1/4 blood North American Indian (certified by the Tribal Enrollment Department)
  • Student must be a member of a federally recognized tribe (certified by the Tribal Enrollment Department)
  • Must be a legal resident of the state of Michigan for not less than 12 consecutive months.

TERMS OF WAIVER:

  • Full tuition
  • One-year grant; renewability depends on state funding each year

More information from the State of Michigan

Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Must be active in the National Guard and not absent without leave or under UCMJ charges and meet additional state criteria.
  • Visit the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website listed below for application/instructions and additional details

TERMS OF GRANT:

  • Award ranges up to $6,000 for the academic year
  • You must report this payment to the U-M Office of Financial Aid when you receive it

More information, application, FAQs and eligibility criteria from the State of Michigan

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN NON-NEED-BASED GRANTS

Wolverine Access Grant

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Undergraduate resident students pursuing first bachelor's degree (first awarded for fall/winter 2014-15; no new grants beginning in fall 2015)
  • Must complete the financial aid application process by the priority deadline
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time

TERMS OF GRANT:

  • Limited to the first 10 terms of enrollment in a college or university, including U-M or any other institution and including during spring/summer terms
  • Students may not receive both University of Michigan Grant and Wolverine Access Grant