Scholarships
​​​​Excellent academics. Leadership. Volunteerism. We recognize all of these at CMU. 

“CMU is a first-choice university for students driven to discover and achieve. They should be rewarded for their academic achievement in high school. Student success at CMU starts with affordability.​"
– 
CMU President George E. Ross


Through the automatic merit scholarship program, Central Michigan awarded academic scholarships to 47 percent of the 2014-2015 incoming class. A record $61 million was invested to make college more affordable for more families while helping to ensure timely graduation with less debt.  

Scholarship values range from $2,000 to $6,000 per year, equaling up to half of an in-state student’s tuition. 

Merit-based scholarships for freshmen
​ Academic Prestige Scholarship*


$6,000 per year,
$24,000 over 4 years

3.25 GPA and 27 ACT
(1820 SAT)

​ Academic Excellence Scholarship* 


​​$4,500 per year,
$18,000 over 4 years

3.0 GPA and 23 ACT
(1590 SAT)


​​ Academic Success Scholarship​*


$3,000 per year,
$12,000 over 4 years

3.0 GPA and 21 or 22 ACT
(14770 SAT)

​ Residence Life Grant*


$2,000 per year,
$8,000 over 4 years 

3.0 GPA and 20 ACT
Must reside on-campus

​ President's Award**

Tuition discounted to
in-state rate
2.75 GPA and
Non-Michigan resident


​*Scholarships are awarded automatically based on academic criteria provided on the application for admission. Funding is limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Complete the application for admission by November 15 for priority consideration.

**The President's Award is awarded automatically based on information provided on the application for admission. Funding is unlimited and may be combined with another scholarship.


Additional scholarships for freshmen
Close to 80 percent of CMU’s 27,000 students receive some form of financial aid. The university now distributes more than $361 million in private, state and federal financial awards and grants. ​Here are a few of the dozens of additional scholarships available:

Centralis Scholar Award: Seniors in high school with a 3.7 GPA and 27 ACT may apply for an on-campus essay competition each fall. Winners receive 100 percent of tuition, room and board, and books for up to four years.

Centralis Gold Award: Seniors in high school with a 3.7 GPA and 27 ACT may apply for an on-campus essay competition each fall. Winners receive 100 percent of tuition for up to four years.

Leader Advancement Scholarship: $8,000 over four years; up to 40 awarded annually.

Multicultural Advancement Award of Distinction: $42,000 over four years; up to 10 awarded annually. [PDF Application]

Multicultural Advancement Scholarship: $16,500 over four years; up to 60 awarded annually. [PDF Application]

Lloyd M. Cofer Scholarship: $16,500 over four years; up to 10 awarded annually to graduates of Detoit and Pontiac Schools. [PDF Application]

Lem Tucker Scholarship: 100 percent of tuition for up to four years; must major in Journalism or Broadcast and Cinematic Arts.

Alumni Legacy Awards: Non-Michigan students with a parent or grandparent who graduated from CMU will be billed at the in-state tuition rate. 


    For a complete list of scholarships, criteria and application details, visit go.cmich.edu/scholarships​​.

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