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Federal Aid

Federal Pell Grant

This grant provides a maximum award of $5,645 for the 2013/2014 academic year. The actual amount for which a student may be eligible varies depending on the computed Expected Family Contribution from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). These awards are pro-rated, depending on the actual enrollment level of a student per semester. This grant is available to students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree. This is an entitlement program from which all students who meet eligibility requirements will receive an award.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG supplements the Federal Pell Grant and is awarded to students who demonstrate the highest need as determined by the FAFSA.

Federal Work Study (FWS)

FWS is a need-based work award. Students earn work study dollars through on-campus student employment.

VA Benefits

This benefit is handled through the department of Veterans Affairs for disabled, active and reserve military personnel. Enrollment is certified each semester by Miller College staff. Please check the VA website for eligibility details at

Veterans Online Application or VONAPP

William D. Ford Federal Direct Subsidized Loan Program

The Department of Education makes Federal Direct Subsidized Loans to students enrolled at least half time (minimum six semester hours) who demonstrate financial need. Students may borrow up to $4,500 as a sophomore (less than 60 semester hours earned) and up to $5,500 as a junior or senior (60 or more semester hours earned). The federal government pays the interest while the student is in school at least half time, during the six-month grace period, and during all deferment periods for the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan.

William D. Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program

These are low interest loans made by the Department of Education which allow students to borrow who are not eligible or have reduced eligibility for a Federal Direct Subsidized Loan. The maximum amount a student can borrow is the same as the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan. Independent students may borrow up to an additional $6,000 (as a sophomore), or $7,000 (as a junior or senior), depending on eligibility. The federal government does not pay the interest for the student receiving a Federal Unsubsidized Loan.  Students are responsible for either paying the interest on the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, or capitalizing the interest (adding it to the principle amount of the loan), while they are in school, during the six-month grace period, and during all periods of deferment.

Federal Direct Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

These are government loans made to parents of dependent students who do not have an adverse credit history. Maximum loan amounts cannot exceed the Cost of Attendance (COA) minus other financial aid.  The interest rate on the Federal Direct Parent Loan is a fixed rate of 7.9%. Repayment of the PLUS begins within 60 days of the final disbursement. 

State Aid

Michigan National Guard Grant

This is an agreement between the Michigan National Guard and Miller College. This scholarship allows active members of the Army and Air National Guard to go to school at Miller College, use their GI Bill, and receive a tuition discount of 25%. Download Michigan National Guard Grant form  (99 KB, DOC)

Michigan Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

The TIP is a state of Michigan program that provides tuition and fee assistance to Michigan residents who are under the age of 20 at the time of high school graduation or GED completion. The Michigan Department of Social Services determines eligibility for this award. Miller College students are eligible only for Phase II of the TIP Program, and must have 56 transferable semester hours or 84 transferable term credit hours completed. Students must enroll at least half-time (six semester hours) at Miller College. Phase II TIP will pay tuition and mandatory fees, up to $500 per semester with a maximum award of $2,000. The number of credits allowed per academic year is 24 semester hours.

TIP fact sheet

Michigan Competitive Scholarship

The Michigan Competitive Scholarship is a program funded by the State of Michigan and is based on both financial need and merit. Students may use Competitive Scholarship funds at a degree-granting Michigan public or private institution. Awards are restricted to the cost of tuition and fees. 

Michigan Tuition Grant

The Michigan Tuition Grant program is available to Michigan residents who demonstrate financial need and attend an independent, degree-granting, nonprofit Michigan college. Applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list Miller College's school code (040943) first. Priority will be given to students who apply before June 30th. Information from the FAFSA will automatically be released to the state agency if the student’s state of legal residence is Michigan. Students must file a renewal FAFSA every year to be considered for continued program eligibility. Program funds are contingent upon funding from the State of Michigan.

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