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At Central Michigan University, we offer a number of merit-based and competitive scholarship opportunities exclusively for transfer students based on factors including academic success, community engagement, multicultural awareness and more. 

>> 85% of CMU students receive some form of financial assistance

>> $50+ million in scholarships awarded annually

The following merit-based scholarships are available to incoming community college transfer students who have at least a 3.30 GPA and 30 credits. Scholarships are awarded based on academic qualifications provided on the application for admission. No additional application is required.

If you qualify for a merit-based scholarship after applying for admission, please submit your updated transcript for review and consideration. After submitting your transcript, please verify receipt by contacting the Admissions Office at

Community College Honors Scholarship for Transfers​
$2,500 per year for up to two years​
3.50 cumulative GPA* (or higher) and at least 56 transferable credits

Community College Transfer Recognition Scholarship
$1,000 per year for up to two years
3.30 cumulative GPA* (or higher) and at least 30 transferable credits​​

*Factored using grades from all colleges attended

Incoming transfer students with at least 12 transferable credits who elect to live on campus are eligible to receive a $2,000 per year Residence Life Grant. The award can be combined with one of the above merit awards and can be renewed for a second year. Your application for admission is also the application for this award. Disbursement of this award is subject to availability of on-campus housing.

In addition to the merit-based scholarships, CMU offers dozens of scholarships that have their own set of criteria, applications, and deadlines. Visit the Departmental Scholarships website for more information.

Are you ready to become a Chippewa and put your stamp on the world? 
Review the transfer application process and start your online application today by visiting