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
Thanks to an increase of $6 million in to Central Michigan University's institutional financial aid, approximately 800 additional incoming freshmen in Fall 2014 will receive academic merit scholarships than a year ago.
In time for the Fall 2014 incoming freshmenm CMU invested a record $61 million in an effort to make a college education more affordable for more families, while helping to ensure timely graduation with less debt. The new scholarships are expected to benefit half of the 2014-15 incoming freshman class.*
In addition to awarding more scholarships, CMU also is increasing their value — most will be worth $3,000 to $6,000 a year, which equals up to half of a student’s tuition. What’s more, for the first time ever, students with GPAs of 3.0 to 3.49 will be eligible for the merit awards.
Close to 80 percent of CMU’s 27,000 students receive some form of financial aid. In addition to CMU’s $61 million investment, the university now distributes close more than $361 million in private, state and federal financial awards and grants. Highlights include:
- Merit scholarships for freshmen: Three new academic scholarships are awarded on a first-come first-served basis** based on GPAs of at least 3.0 and ACT scores of at least 21.
- Academic Prestige Award: $24,000 over 4 years (≥3.25 GPA and ≥27 ACT)
- Academic Excellence Award: $18,000 over 4 years (≥3.00 GPA and ≥23 ACT)
- Academic Success Award: $12,000 over 4 years (≥3.00 GPA and ≥21 ACT)
- Centralis scholarships: Awards range from full tuition to full-rides. Up to 150 incoming freshmen will be rewarded based on an essay competition held each fall.
- President's Award: Available to entering freshmen who are not Michigan residents, this program allows those who meet GPA requirements to pay in-state tuition rates. An average of 75 percent of our out-of-state students qualify annually for this award.
- Multicultural Advancement and Leader Advancement scholarships: Both based on demonstrated leadership and a commitment to helping others.
*54% of the 2,963 students in the 2013-14 incoming class entered CMU with academic achievements that met the 2014-15 scholarship criteria.
**The merit scholarships for freshmen will be available again for the incoming Fall 2015 class. Completed applications submitted before Nov. 1, 2014 will be given priority consideration for awards.