Grants are a great way to pay for education costs without having to use loans or other aid options that may require repayment.
SMC partners with the federal and state government to provide multiple grant programs to students who demonstrate financial need or who meet other eligibility criteria. Eligibility for all federal need-based grant programs is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Most state grant programs are also need-based and may require the completion of a FAFSA.
Below is a list of the most common types of programs for which SMC students may be eligible. Please review each program’s information to determine if you may be eligible and any additional steps that may be required.
Federal Grant Programs
Awarded to students based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Awarded to students who have the greatest financial need.
State Grant and Scholarship Programs
Futures for Frontliners
Futures for Frontliners is a State of Michigan program that awards free community college tuition to Michigan residents without a degree who worked in an essential industry during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to view all criteria and to learn more about Future for Frontliners.
Michigan Competitive Scholarship
A scholarship offered by the State of Michigan to students who have taken the SAT. Students must demonstrate both financial need and merit. Click here for more information on the Michigan Competitive Scholarship.
Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)
Awarded to students who meet the program's Medicaid eligibility requirements and complete a high school diploma or GED by the age of 20. Click for more information on the Tuition Incentive Program.
Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver
Awarded to Michigan residents who are eligible Native Americans certified by their tribe. Click here for more information about the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver.
Other State Grants
Check out other State of Michigan student aid programs at michigan.gov/mistudentaid and see what other grants you may qualify for.