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 completion of 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

Pell Grant

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.

Student Support Services (TRIO) Grant

Awarded to students who are enrolled in SMC's TRIO Student Support Services program and who are eligible to receive the Pell grant.

More information about federal grants can be found here.

State Grant and Scholarship Programs

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.

Fostering Futures

A State of Michigan program providing scholarships to students who have been in foster care. The application can be found at