The Promise is a residency-based scholarship that pays for tuition & fees for Mason County high school graduates (since 2018) who wish to attend West Shore Community College.
Starting to earn college credits in Michigan can begin in high school. In Mason County, students can take college credit bearing courses, as early as 10th grade, for free! Check out information about Dual Enrollment (taking up to 10 college credits a year in high school), Career & Technical Education (CTE--career training, with some college credit opportuniies in 11th & 12th grades), and ASM Tech Early College (a 13th-year simultaneous college and high school program) that take place through West Shore Community College, and about AP course credits (by taking a class and passing an exam) that are available at some local high schools, by clicking "Find Out More."
Michigan ReConnect currently offers paid in-district tuition for Michigan residents who are 21 and older, at their local community college, if they don't have a college degree.
Michigan Student Aid is the home for the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, TIP, Michigan Competitive Scholarship and more. Students must apply in their senior year. Click the button below to access the website and get started on your student portal! Deadline is March 1st.
Check out this list of scholarships by residence.
The Community Foundation for Mason County has a range of scholarships available for Mason County high school students, with a February 1st deadline.
Many Michigan insitutions of higher education offer a free-tuition pathway for scholars who have limited family incomes. This links to a 2023 Detroit Free Press article with key information related to these programs. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2023/03/15/how-to-access-free-tuition-at-michigan-colleges/70008347007/
Federal Student Aid endorses the U.S. Department of Labor's Scholarship search. It's a great resource!
Fastweb is a reliable resource for scholarships and is always releasing new information!
College Board, makers of the SAT, want you to sign on for their scholarship program, so you have a chance to win scholarship dollars, simply by doing the things you already need to in order to be college-ready.
Results for scholarships related to "Michigan" are here. Remember that you should never have to pay for scholarship information.
Michigan ReConnect is a program to help students age 21 and older pursue their first degree at a local community college tuition-free. Student must apply for the FAFSA and apply to Reconnect. You can get more information and apply here: https://www.michigan.gov/reconnect/COLLEGE VIRTUAL SESSIONS FOR ADMISSIONS, SCHOLARSHIP, & FINANCIAL AID
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FAFSA for 2024-25!
FAFSA is good news, because it means college financial aid opportunities for high school seniors, returning college students, and adults who are planning to head to college or post-secondary education. The FAFSA for the 2024-25 year is being revised to be quicker and easier. FAFSA.gov is where families can apply starting in December 2023! Dependent students (most common) will need parental support to complete the FAFSA and renew each year. To learn how FAFSA defines dependent students or to access tutorials or support, you can use resources at FAFSA.gov, Federal Financial Aid's youtube channel, or go to Michigan's MiStudentAid website.
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