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Scholarships for Freshmen

We offer merit-based and competitive scholarships based on a variety of factors including academic success, community engagement, multicultural awareness, and more. U.S. citizens and permanent residents graduating high school in 2024 and entering college as freshmen that fall are eligible for the following awards.

Maroon and Gold Merit Scholarships

Our Maroon and Gold Merit Scholarships award incoming freshmen based on high school academics.

Incoming freshmen who have applied to CMU are automatically considered for these awards. No additional application is required. Apply by December 1 to receive priority consideration.

ACT SAT GPA
3.0-3.29 3.3-3.59 3.6-3.79 3.8-3.94 3.95-4.0
<22 or no score <1100 or no score $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $5,000 $6,000
22-24 1100-1190 $4,250 $4,750 $5,250 $5,750 $6,750
25-31 1200-1390 $5,000 $5,500 $6,000 $6,500 $7,500
32-36 1400-1600 $5,750 $6,250 $6,750 $7,250 $8,250
Students will be re-evaluated for a higher scholarship after submitting updated transcripts and/or test scores. Updated materials may result in a higher scholarship but not a lower one.

Your Maroon & Gold Merit Scholarship is good for up to four years if you meet the following renewal requirements.

Years 1 and 2

• Enroll full time (12 credit hours) for both the fall and spring semesters.

• Earn at least 30 new credits at CMU each academic year (not including CLEP, AP, IB and dual enrollment credits).

• Live on campus your first and second years. [Read more about the residency requirement.]

Years 3 and 4

• Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

• Enroll full time (12 credit hours) for both the fall and spring semesters.

• Earn at least 30 new credits at CMU each academic year.

Estimate your merit award

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Scholarships for Michigan High School Graduates

The Michigan Achievement Scholarship program is free money from the State of Michigan that lowers the cost of tuition by thousands of dollars per year. In fact, Michigan high school graduates can receive up to $5,500 based on financial need. This program is open to students who graduated from a Michigan high school in 2023 or later.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MICHIGAN ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP

 

Competitive scholarships

Our competitive scholarships for incoming freshmen are awarded based on a variety of factors, including academic success, community engagement, leadership, enhancing diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion, and more.

These require a separate application and have application deadlines different than our merit awards. Once you submit an application for admission, the competitive scholarship applications you qualify for become visible in your applicant portal.

• Covers 100% of tuition and fees (up to 33 credits per academic year), housing and food, $250/semester book allowance, and $5,000 to study away.

• Open to high school seniors with a GPA of 3.7.

• Renewable for up to four years.

• Scholarship renewal is dependent upon the student earning at least 30 credit hours each year and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

• Applications are due October 31, 2023.

Centralis Scholar

• Covers 100% of tuition (up to 33 credits per academic year) and $5,000 to study away.

• Open to high school seniors with a GPA of 3.7.

• Renewable for up to four years.

• Scholarship renewal is dependent upon the student earning at least 30 credit hours each year and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

• Applications are due October 31, 2023.

 

Centralis Gold

• Awards $2,000 per academic year.

• Open to incoming freshmen with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have distinguished themselves through a record of leadership and service.

• Scholarship renewal is dependent upon the student completing the required protocol and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

• Applications are due January 15, 2024.

 

Leader Advancement Scholarship FAQs

• $4,125 per year.

• Incoming freshmen from a Detroit high school.

• Applications are due January 15, 2024.

LLoyd M. Cofer Scholarship

• Covers 100% of tuition and fees (up to 33 credits per academic year), housing and food, a $250 book allowance per semester, and $5,000 to study away.

• Renewable for up to four years.

• Open to incoming freshmen who have distinguished themselves in the advancement of underrepresented groups in American society.

• Scholarship renewal is dependent upon the student earning at least 30 credit hours each year and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

• Applications are due January 15, 2024.

 

MAC Scholars Program

• $4,125 per academic year.

• Open to incoming freshmen who have shown interest in the advancement of underrepresented groups in American society. This interest may be demonstrated through past activities or through educational aspirations.

• Scholarship renewal is dependent upon the student earning at least 24 credit hours each year and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

• Applications are due January 15, 2024.

 

MAC Scholars Program

Departmental scholarships

Several of our academic departments also offer competitive scholarships based on the major you plan on going into.

Explore departmental scholarships

Additional scholarship opportunities

Scholarship Universe is a great new tool for finding both CMU and external scholarships. Log in using your new CMU account (you'll receive this once you are admitted) and answer profile questions that will match you to scholarship opportunities. Then, choose the scholarships you’d like to apply to. Apply by March 31