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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 cmuadmit@cmich.edu.

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 apply.cmich.edu.