Financial Aid Grants


Dowagiac Campus
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Niles Campus
By appointment

Contact Information

David C. Briegel Building, Room 1004
Phone: 800-456-8675, ext. 1316
Fax: 269-783-2114

Southwestern Michigan College participates in federal and state financial aid programs. The college distributes millions of dollars in financial aid, as well as tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants annually.

Federal Grant Programs

Pell Grants

A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded usually only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. Pell Grants are considered a foundation of federal financial aid, to which aid from other federal and nonfederal sources might be added.

How much can I get?

There are limits on the maximum amount you are eligible to receive each academic year and in total (aggregate Pell Grant limit). The maximum Pell Grant award amount for the 2017-18 award year (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018) is $5,920. You may receive less than the maximum award depending not only on your financial need, but also on your costs to attend school, your status as a full-time or part-time student, and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.

Any Pell Grant eligible student whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept.11, 2001 will receive the maximum annual award. You must be under 24 years old or enrolled at least part-time in college at the time of your parent's or guardian's death.

Beginning with the 2012-2013 award year, you can only receive a Pell Grant for up to a maximum of 12 semesters or the equivalent.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)

The Federal SEOG program provides additional funds beyond the Pell Grant to students who have the greatest financial need.

Student Support Services Grant

Participants in the Student Support Services program who are receiving PELL funds are eligible for a federal Student Support Services grant.

State Grant Programs

Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

The Michigan Department of Human Services will pay in-district tuition (up to 24 credits per year) and mandatory fees (up to $250 per semester) for qualified students who complete a high school diploma or GED by age 20. Proof of high school graduation/GED, Michigan residency, and family income will be required.

Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver

This program provides tuition waivers to North American Indians who have proper documentation of heritage and who have been Michigan residents for at least 12 months. Certification is received through the appropriate tribe.