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Lake Superior State University

Grant Programs

The Lake Superior State Board of Trustees’ Grant Program

This program provides assistance to incoming and currently enrolled students based on financial need. The grant is considered a form of “priority aid”, requiring the on-time filing of the FAFSA each year by March 1st. Recipients must be Michigan residents and enrolled full time in Lake Superior State University classes.

Federal Pell Grant

All students filing the FAFSA are automatically reviewed for Pell Grant eligibility. Pell Grants provide assistance to which other forms of aid may be added.

Pell Grant amounts vary according to the year ($555-$5550 for 2011/12).

To be eligible for a Pell Grant, students must:

  1. be determined to have financial need.
  2. be undergraduates accepted for admission and enrolled in eligible programs and meet satisfactory academic progress standards.
  3. be U.S. citizens or permanent residents or qualified Jay Treaty students.
  4. not be in default on a Direct Stafford or Perkins Loan, and not owe a refund for a Pell Grant or other federal aid.
  5. not be disqualified due to prior drug offense convictions.

Although awards are made through the University, the U.S. Department of Education determines eligibility. The University Financial Aid Office uses a standard procedure established by the Department of Education to calculate the award.

To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Forms are available at high schools, colleges and financial aid offices or online at

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Higher Education Act of 1965 created this program of financial assistance to help college students with the greatest financial need. Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants may be used to meet all or part of student financial need (up to $4000 in any one year).

Financial need is the primary consideration in the selection of grant recipients. Priority is given to the neediest Pell Grant recipients. Recipients are selected from those applying for all forms of financial aid by using the FAFSA.

FSEOG is a priority fund that is distributed first to students who file their FAFSA by March 1st.
Recipients of this award must reapply each year and maintain the regular satisfactory progress standards to be considered for a renewal award.

Federal Occupational Education Program (OCED)

The Perkins Grant Program provides OCED funding for students with demonstrated financial need, as determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and who are enrolled in certain associate’s degree programs. Students who qualify for the Federal Pell Grant and have earned less than 72 credits will automatically be considered if enrolled in one of the following associate’s degrees:

  • manufacturing engineering technology
  • early childhood education
  • legal assistant studies
  • substance abuse prevention and treatment
  • natural resource technology
  • corrections (criminal justice)
  • law enforcement (criminal justice)
  • fire science
  • technical accounting
  • office administration
  • business administration
  • practical nursing

This grant provides supplemental funding for qualified students and may be pro-rated for less than full-time attendance.

Michigan 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 for eligible students enrolled in a credit-based associate degree or certificate program at 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.

Vocational Rehabilitation

The Michigan Jobs Commission Rehabilitation Services provides services and financial assistance to persons with any disability that has interfered with, or may interfere with, the individual’s job performance. Students must apply for financial aid and have need.

Further information may be obtained by contacting your nearest Michigan Rehabilitation Services Office of Michigan Jobs Commission.

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