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Release Date: 
Monday, February 6, 2023

Save thousands of dollars: Apply for the Michigan Achievement Scholarship today!

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Applying and qualifying for the Michigan Achievement Scholarship can help lower the cost of your tuition by thousands per year.

If you are a high school graduate in 2023 or later, you can save up to $8,250 over the course of three years ($2,750/year) if you earn your associate degree at HFC. The cost of full-time tuition (12 credits per semester for two semesters per year, in-district rate) would be entirely covered by this scholarship.

“The best part of the scholarship is that eight out of 10 Michigan students will be eligible,” said HFC Director of Admissions and Recruiting Tracy Perry. “How a student finances their education can either cause them not to attend college, or not focus on their success due to worrying about money. The Michigan Achievement Scholarship helps to remove those barriers and gives our students the best opportunity to complete a degree at HFC.”

How to apply

To apply for the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, fill out your FAFSA application. You will be eligible for the Michigan Achievement Scholarship if your family demonstrates financial need upon completion of the FAFSA.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer, working with both Republican and Democratic legislators, created the Michigan Achievement Scholarship in late 2022 in an effort to make college more affordable for families, grow the state of Michigan’s talent pool, and move Michigan closer to achieving its Sixty by 30 goal.

"For too long, high costs have been a barrier to higher education," said Whitmer. "I am so excited that we worked across the aisle to establish the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, lowering the cost of college by thousands of dollars a year for the vast majority of graduating seniors, starting with the class of 2023. All students need to do to get their Michigan Achievement Scholarship is fill out their FAFSA.”

Am I eligible?

To receive a Michigan Achievement Scholarship, you will need to do the following:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  2. Be a Michigan resident since July 1 of the previous year.
  3. If you are a dependent student, your parent must also be a Michigan resident since July 1 of the previous year.
  4. Graduate from high school in Michigan with a diploma or a certificate of completion, or achieve a high school equivalency certificate (GED) in 2023 or after.
  5. Demonstrate financial need when you complete the FAFSA—by having an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $25,000 or less.
  6. Enroll full-time at an eligible institution such as HFC.
  7. Enroll in college within 15 months of high school graduation or earning your GED.

Full information about who is eligible is here.

Can I still apply for HFC scholarships?

Yes! You may apply for any and all scholarships that you are eligible for. Obtaining school-based scholarships might reduce your Michigan Achievement Scholarship amount, but a combination of scholarships is a great way to finance the cost of your education without taking out loans.

For questions or more information, contact 888-447-2687 or