Grants can come from the Federal government, the State government, Baker College and private organizations. Unlike scholarships, which are merit-based, a grant award is typically based on financial need and does not have to be repaid.
There are several types of grant aid available to Baker College students.
Pell Grant funds are available to undergraduate students who have not received their first bachelor degree. The amount depends on the student’s financial need, cost to attend school, status as a full-time or part-time student and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. Learn more about Pell Grants.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is available to undergraduate students. The amount depends on the student’s financial need, cost to attend school, status as a full-time or part-time student and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. Baker College awards SEOG, on a first come first serve basis, to returning students who qualify for Pell and who demonstrate the greatest financial need. Students awarded SEOG are not eligible to receive BCRS. Learn more about SEOG.
Undergraduate students may be offered opportunities to work part time to earn funds for college expenses. This may reduce loan obligation and may be combined with other types of aid such as grants and scholarships. Work-study eligibility is based on financial need; however, all Baker College students are welcome to register with Baker College for regular, part time employment. Learn more about Workstudy.
A student may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if they are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of their Expected Family Contribution but meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements and their parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11 and they were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of their parent’s or guardian’s death.
The Children of Veterans Tuition Grant (CVTG) provides undergraduate tuition assistance for children of certain deceased or disabled members of the armed forces of the United States. The program assists children older than 16 and less than 26 years of age, who have been Michigan residents for 12 months prior to the application. To be eligible, a student must be the natural or adopted child of a Michigan veteran. Stepchildren of the veteran are not eligible.
Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal program designed to provide early intervention services and programs to students in middle schools and high schools. Students may receive scholarship assistance for up to four academic years within five years of high school graduation.
The maximum amount a student can receive for one year is equal to the maximum Pell Grant award funded for the academic year immediately following the student’s date of high school graduation.
The Michigan Tuition Grant (MTG) is available to undergraduate students and is based on financial need for use at independent non-profit degree-granting colleges and universities in Michigan. Students attending at least half-time may be eligible to receive a grant from the State of Michigan. Students must complete the State of Michigan questions on the FAFSA by March 1st to receive grant consideration. The amount of funds available is announced annually by the State.
The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) is a high school completion program that offers to pay college costs for students who graduate from high school or complete their GED. There are two phases to this program (Phase I and Phase II). The program targets needy students in an effort to encourage them to graduate from high school or complete a GED and continue on into post-secondary education.
New students attending at least half-time who meet the qualifications for the Michigan Tuition Grant (MTG), but are not able to be awarded MTG, may be eligible to receive the Baker College Grant (BCG). Eligibility for this grant is based on financial need, as demonstrated by completion of the FAFSA. Students must complete the State of Michigan questions on the FAFSA by July 31st to receive grant consideration.
Returning students attending at least half-time who meet the qualifications for the Michigan Tuition Grant (MTG), but are not able to be awarded MTG, may be eligible to receive the Baker College Returning Student Merit Award (BCRS). Eligibility for this grant is based on financial need, as demonstrated by completion of the FAFSA. In addition, the student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the end of the prior winter quarter with a minimum of 12 credits earned. Students must complete the State of Michigan questions on the FAFSA by June 30th to receive grant consideration. Eligible students may be awarded SEOG in place of the BCRS award.
The Increased Credit Incentive award (ICI) is an institutional award provided by Baker College. To qualify, the undergraduate student must be enrolled in 14 or more credit hours that apply to their program.
The Michigan Army and Air National Guard Grant (MINAG) is a tuition reduction grant offered to members of the Michigan Army or Air National Guard. Eligible members must submit the completed MINAG application to their unit representative to verify eligibility. In addition, students must complete the FAFSA, be enrolled in a degree-granting program at Baker College and attend at least half-time.
The qualification for need-based financial aid programs is determined by the cost of attending a college of the student’s choice, minus the amount that the student and his/her family can reasonably afford.
Cost of Education – Expected Family Contribution = Financial Aid Eligibility
The Expected Family Contribution is the amount that the student and their family is expected to contribute toward the student’s education. For a dependent student, the need analysis formula utilizes the parent’s income and assets (excluding home equity), savings, taxes and other mandatory living expenses to determine the parent’s contribution.
All students (dependent and independent) will have a student’s contribution, which is derived by analyzing the student’s income and assets. The formula for calculating the expected family contribution also takes into consideration parent’s ages, number of family members and number of family members in college.
In addition, a student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to continue receiving financial aid.
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