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State Grants and Scholarships

State Grants and Scholarships

All students who are applying for a state-funded grant and/or scholarship are encouraged to read KVCC's Terms and Conditions by accessing our website at www.kvcc.edu/financial, then Terms and Conditions.

Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)
The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) is an incentive program that encourages eligible students to complete high school by providing tuition assistance for the first two years of college and beyond. To meet the financial eligibility requirement, a student must have (or have had) Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36-consecutive month period as identified by the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS). TIP provides assistance in two phases. Phase I covers tuition and mandatory fee charges (does not pay for contact hours) for eligible students enrolled in a credit-based associate degree or minimum one year certificate program at a participating Michigan community college, public university, degree-granting independent college, federal tribally-controlled college, or Focus: HOPE. Phase II provides a maximum of $2,000 total tuition assistance for credits earned in a four-year program at an in-state, degree-granting college or university. Award parameters are subject to legislative changes.

Students are identified by DHS as having met the Medicaid eligibility requirement. After being identified, Student Scholarship and Grants (SSG) will send the student an acceptance form. The student must then complete the acceptance form and return it to SSG before graduation from high school or GED completion and must graduate before their 20th birthday to activate financial eligibility for the program. SSG will send the student an "eligibility letter" in their senior year of high school. The student should present this letter to their college financial aid office upon enrollment to receive payment. The student is responsible for notifying SSG of a change of address or college choice.

NOTE: Identified students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) even though it is not necessary for establishing TIP eligibility.

A student can only receive TIP benefits at one institution per semester. Eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted alien with permanent status
  • Must be a resident of Michigan (according to College policy)
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must enroll in an academic degree, academic certificate or transfer program
  • Must obtain a high school diploma, certificate of completion or GED prior to age 20
  • Must be determined financially eligible by Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) prior to high school graduation
  • Must enroll at least half-time (6 credit hours or more)
  • Must initiate TIP funds within four years (48 months) of high school graduation or GED completion
  • Must not be in default on a Federal Title IV loan
  • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress

To apply for TIP at KVCC, students must submit the following documents to the Financial Aid Office:

  • TIP Eligibility letter from the State of Michigan Department of Treasury
  • Copy of high school diploma or GED
  • Copy of driver's license or birth certificate
  • Complete KVCC Intent Form (This must be completed each semester to have your TIP award authorized to your account.)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Additional information about the Tuition Incentive Program can be found at TIP Fact Sheet.
Students must utilize TIP funding within 6 years of their high school graduation date. Once Phase II TIP funds have been initiated at a 4 year institution, the student is no longer eligible for Phase I TIP funds. Future TIP awards are subject to availability and approved funding from the State of Michigan.

Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver
The State of Michigan has provided funds which permit tuition waivers for all Native Americans who can certify 25 percent or more Indian blood.

Steps to Apply for the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver Program at KVCC
Students interested in attending KVCC, must take the following steps to qualify for the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver program.

  1. Complete an Admissions Application to the College.
  2. Read the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver Application Instructions provided by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.
  3. You must submit the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver Application to your Tribal Enrollment Department who will be certifying that you are 1/4 or more Native American blood quantum and are a certified member of a Federally recognized Tribe.
  4. You will need to submit with your application, a photocopy of your Michigan Driver's License or State issued Michigan Identification Card and a photocopy of your Tribal ID.
  5. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights will review your application and prepare a verification letter which will be sent to you and KVCC.
  6. Complete a KVCC Intent Form for each semester you are applying for this waiver (indicating you are applying for the State Indian Tuition Waiver). This is available in the Financial Aid Office or can be downloaded from our website at www.kvcc.edu/finaid, then go to Download Forms.
  7. Once the Financial Aid Office receives verification from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and your KVCC Financial Aid Intent Form, you will be awarded the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver. This will pay for your tuition. You are responsible for any fees associated with your classes.

Michigan Competitive Scholarship Program
This program provides financial assistance to students who demonstrate both financial need and academic potential. Academic potential is based on the national ACT. Those eligible may receive up to the amount of demonstrated financial need or the amount of tuition, whichever is less, not to exceed $575 per academic year. Eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Achieve a qualifying score based on the national ACT. This test should be taken in the junior or senior year of high school.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or an approved refugee
  • Have been a continuous Michigan resident from July 1 of the year preceding the academic year for which the student is applying for the scholarship
  • Demonstrate financial need, based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); list Kalamazoo Valley Community College (school code: 006949) as your first school on the FAFSA
  • Enroll at least half-time (6 credit hours or more)
  • Have not completed a Bachelor's degree
  • Not be in default on a Federal Title IV loan
  • Not incarcerated
  • Not pursing a degree in theology or religious education
  • Guest students are eligible

Awards can be renewed annually for a maximum of ten semesters within ten years of high school graduation, as long as the applicant meets the following:

  • Demonstrates financial need, according to the annual FAFSA
  • Maintains Michigan residency and undergraduate student status
  • Meets satisfactory academic progress as defined by Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Meets all other program eligibility requirements