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Free Sources for Additional Funding

NOTE: Programs are subject to change.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

For priority consideration, your FAFSA or renewal FAFSA must be received by March 1st.  Late applicants will be considered for aid, but some funds may not be available. Students must be admitted with degree-seeking status. Visit LSSU's FAFSA information page.

Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver (MITW)

The Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver provides a full tuition waiver for qualified North American Indian students at most Michigan schools.
website: and follow the quick link to the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver found on the right side of the web page.
Students will find the application, FAQ’s, instructions and eligibility criteria.

For more information on using the MITW at LSSU, click here.

Education and Training Voucher Program

The Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV) allows $4,000 per year to students who are in foster care for at least one day after their 14th birthday, OR are adopted from foster care on or after their 16th birthday. Students must have a high school diploma or GED and be under the age of 21.

For more information about the ETV program, including facts and application instructions, click here.

Michigan Fostering Futures Program

The Fostering Futures Scholarship provides eligible foster youth with scholarship funds for tuition, fees, room/board, books, and supplies/equipment required for enrollment. Fostering Futures Scholarship is available to students on a first-come, first served basis. Students need to complete the application each semester and send it, along with copies of his/her financial aid award letter, most recent transcripts, and documentation supporting any off-campus expense requested to the Michigan Education Trust Office.

To be eligible:

  • Student must have been in foster care after the 13th birthday.
  • There is no upper age limit. A student can receive funding at any age.
  • Student must be attending a Michigan public or private 4-year college/university or a community college.
  • Funding can be used only for the following: tuition, fees, room/board, books, and supplies/equipment required for enrollment.
  • This funding can be used along with the Education and Traning Voucher Program (ETV).

For more information on the Michigan Fostering Futures Program and how to apply, click here.

Children of Veterans Tuition Grant

The Children of Veterans Tuition Grant offers assistance for any student between the ages of 16-25, who has been a resident of the state for the preceding 12 months, and who is the legal child of a Michigan veteran who was killed, died as a result of service-connected disabilities, or is rated 100% disabled because of injuries sustained while in the Armed Forces of the United States. Upon admission to a Michigan institution of higher education, the student may be eligible for tuition waiver up to $2,800 annually for undergraduate study.

Contact the Michigan Office of Scholarships and Grants by e-mail at or by calling 1-888-447-2687.

Michigan Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) encourages eligible students to complete high school by providing tuition assistance for the first two years of college and beyond. To meet the financial eligibility requirement, a student must have (or have had) Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36-consecutive-month period as identified by the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS), and have applied to use the TIP program before high school graduation or GED completion.

TIP provides assistance in two phases:

Phase I covers tuition and mandatory fee charges for eligible students enrolled in a credit-based Associate degree or Certificate program at a participating Michigan community college, public university, degree-granting independent college, federal tribally-controlled college, or Focus: HOPE.

Phase II provides a maximum of $2,000 total tuition assistance for credits earned in a four-year program at an in-state, degree-granting college or university.

For more information on the TIP program, go to or contact the Michigan Office of Scholarships and Grants at or 1-888-447-2687 BEFORE YOU GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL if you think you may be eligible.

Awards are subject to legislative changes.

Michigan Works!

Michigan Works! provides WIA Youth funding for economically disadvantaged students and those that have a barrier to employment opportunities. Funding can be provided for Certificate programs, Associate and Bachelor degrees. Eligible students can qualify up to 22 years of age. WIA Adult funding available is also available through No Worker Left Behind.

Contact the local Sault Ste. Marie office at 1-906-635-1752 for more information.