Free college tuition application deadline set for Aug. 31

Submitted to the Pioneer

MECOSTA/OSCEOLA COUNTIES — Time is running out for eligible students who graduated with a high school diploma or equivalent with the class of 2018 to claim their Tuition Incentive Program benefits, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) grant program encourages eligible Medicaid recipients to complete high school by providing college tuition assistance. Eligible TIP students have four years from graduation to begin using their TIP benefits.

The application deadline is Aug. 31 for eligible students to apply for the program, which is administered by the Michigan Department of Treasury’s Student Financial Services Bureau. TIP covers 24 credit hours of tuition per academic year for a total of 80 overall credits at participating Michigan community colleges. TIP covers the in-district tuition rate at four-year public colleges and universities, and students attending four-year degree-granting non-public colleges are eligible for $110 per credit hour in 2018-19.

In addition to tuition assistance, TIP also covers up to $250 in mandatory fees each semester.

To qualify, students must have been on Michigan Medicaid for 24 months within a 36-consecutive month period between the age of 9 and high school graduation.

“Even if eligible high school graduates don’t plan to attend college this fall, we urge them to certify their application as soon as possible,” said Carla Foltyn, student scholarships and grants director. “Once their eligibility is confirmed, they have four years to begin using TIP, but the window for applying for this benefit will close on Aug. 31.”

Students may complete the TIP application in the MiSSG Student Portal at michigan.gov/missg or by calling (888) 447-2687.

TIP also can assist students who go on to four-year colleges or universities. After they earn at least a one-year certificate, an associate degree or 56 transferable credits, students are eligible to receive up to $500 per semester or $400 per term at participating four-year institutions in Michigan.

To learn more about TIP or to claim TIP benefits, visit michigan.gov/mistudentaid or contact MI Student Aid at mistudentaid@michigan.gov or 1 (888) 447-2687.

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