Michigan Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)
The Tuition Incentive Program encourages eligible students to complete high school by providing tuition assistance for the first two years of college and beyond. To be eligible, a student must have received Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36-month period between the ages of 9 and high school graduation. The Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) determines which students are Medicaid eligible and transmits this information to the Michigan Department of Treasury. An application must be submitted by August 31 of the student’s senior year. TIP must be initiated within four years from high school graduation and eligibility ends after ten years from date of high school graduation. The award is limited to tuition and mandatory fees.
University Participates in Phase II of the TIP Program. Students will
not be eligible to receive TIP at CMU until they have earned 56 credit hours or
their Associates Degree. A list of Colleges and Universities
participating in Phase I and/or phase II TIP may be found here.
How do I apply for the Tuition Incentive Program?
Students are identified by the Department of Human Services (DHS) as having met the Medicaid eligibility requirement. Students may be identified as TIP eligible as early as sixth grade, typically age 12 or after. After being identified, the State of Michigan Office of Student Scholarships and Grants (SSG) will send the student an acceptance form. The student must then complete the acceptance form and return it to SSG before graduation from high school or GED completion and before their 20th birthday to activate financial eligibility for the program. The student will then receive an "eligibility letter" from SSG.
Once a student is eligible for Phase II of the TIP program they may turn in the eligibility letter from the Michigan SSG office to CMU's Student Account Services and University Billing Office via mail or in person at: Student Account Services, Bovee UC 119, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant MI, 48859.
Additional Information about the TIP program may be found at the State of Michigan Office of Scholarships and Grants website here.