Tuition Free Programs

There are numerous Michigan colleges that offer free tuition for low income students! To be a part of these programs, you just need to be admitted into the college and meet the qualifications- no extra work is needed!

Here is a list of programs Oceana County students may qualify for:

ALBION COLLEGE

The Albion College Promise is exclusive to graduating high school seniors and transfer students. Albion College will cover 100% of tuition and fees for Michigan families making under $65,000 annually, after the Michigan Tuition and Federal Pell Grants are applied.

Families are responsible for room and board charges; however, federal loans may be applied toward these costs.

Albion College Promise is automatically applied for students who apply, get admitted, and complete the FAFSA.

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CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Beginning in the fall of 2021, CMU will guarantee financial aid that covers tuition for students from families with household incomes under $50,000.

This program is new and there isn’t a link available to the details yet.

EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

The Education First Opportunity Scholarship is given to students who have at least 3.0 GPA and qualify for a Pell Grant (typically for families with a household income of $50,000 or less). Students who receive the scholarship as a freshman can keep it for four years, if they continue to qualify for Pell Grants.

The Education First Opportunity Scholarship is automatically applied for qualified students who apply, get admitted, and complete the FAFSA.

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FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY

Ferris Launch provides free tuition for high performing students with critical financial need. Ferris Launch awards a grant (scholarship) to students with at least a 3.0 GPA and an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0.

Ferris Launch grant is automatically applied for qualified students who apply, get admitted, and complete the FAFSA.

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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

The MSU Spartan Advantage Program (SPAD) reduces the educational loan debt for students who are eligible to receive the FULL Pell Grant- typically families with a household income under $26,000. The Spartan Advantage Program covers tuition, room & board, and books/course materials for eligible students.

SPAD funds are automatically applied for qualified students who apply, get admitted, and complete the FAFSA.

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OAKLAND UNIVERSITY

The Golden Grizzlies Tuition Guarantee offers free tuition for incoming freshman. Students’ Expected Family Contribution must be $8,000 or less (or have a household income of $41,000 or less).

The Golden Grizzlies Tuition Guarantee is automatically applied for qualified students who apply, get admitted, and complete the FAFSA.

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SAGINAW VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

The Cardinal Commitment provides free tuition for students with a household income of $50,000 or less.

The Cardinal Commitment is automatically applied for qualified students who apply, get admitted, and complete the FAFSA.

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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

The Go Blue Guarantee provides free tuition for students with a household income of $65,000 or less (and assets below $50,000). The Go Blue Guarantee is for students attending U of M on the Ann Arbor campus.

The Go Blue Guarantee is automatically applied for qualified students who apply, get admitted, and complete the FAFSA.

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