Financial Aid & Scholarships

According to the Federal Student Aid website, “Financial aid is money to help pay for college or career school. Grants, work-study, loans, and scholarships help make college or career school affordable.”

Going Merry is a free scholarship search and application platform that offers personalized matching. Thousands of scholarships and grants are available on this platform. Check it out today!

Throughout the year, several community scholarships are made available to students.  Please check your local district websites for any that may be posted and specific to your community.  Additionally, this site will be updated with any that may be of interest to students in Clinton County.

In addition to searching for scholarships, make sure you complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA determines need-based federal aid such as grants and loans. The FAFSA also generates a Student Aid Report (SAR) which is used by colleges in determining need-based grants. College is expensive! Many students have to combine multiple types of financial aid, as well as savings and income from student jobs to pay for college.

To put together a strong college financing plan, you should research and apply for multiple scholarships including local, college and national scholarship opportunities.

For students to have access to the MiSSG Student Portal, they must have a current-year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file (typically received 3-4 days after submission) or have a Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) record.  First time student users must have their Social Security number when signing up to create a username and password.

The Office of Postsecondary Financial Planning, located within the Michigan Department of Treasury, encourages students to pursue postsecondary education by providing equality of access to student financial resources and information. Through the administration of various student financial assistance programs, students receive the guidance and funding necessary to pursue their educational goals.

The Office of Postsecondary Financial Planning strives to help students from birth to beyond college graduation. Let them help you with funding, tools, and resources on how you can afford college in Michigan!