SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – High school students planning to attend college are invited, along with their families, to find out more about a tuition program available to students whose families have been recipients of Medicaid. The program, “TIP Talk,” starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at Sault Area High School’s Strahl Theater.
Jennifer Wallace, outreach manager for Michigan Financial Aid Programs, and Deborah Faust, director of financial aid at Lake Superior State University, will be presenting the session so parents and students may learn about Michigan Tuition Incentive Program funds and how they work for students who will be attending either a community college or a qualified university in Michigan. Wallace will also be presenting a session called "Where's the Money?" to Sault High seniors during the school day.
"Approximately 25% of the students in our local area qualify for TIP, but many do not realize it,” said Faust. “Students could have received their TIP-eligibility letter as early as age 12. It is a Michigan program that pays full tuition for students, but they must apply for their benefits before graduating from high school or completing their GED, and before age 20."
To be eligible for TIP, a student must have (or have had) Medicaid coverage for 24 months within any 36-consecutive-month period as identified by the Michigan Department of Human Services. Students can become TIP eligible as early as age 12. Since the student must be Medicaid eligible for 24 months out of a 36-consecutive-month period, the state begins to look at the 36-month period prior to the date of the student’s 12th birthday and goes forward until high school graduation. Medicaid eligibility prior to that 36-month period cannot be counted for TIP.
“If a family received Medicaid benefits for two years while their children were growing up, it is worth it to check out this program,” Faust said. “There is not a better higher education funding program in the state. Over 10% of LSSU students use it. We will explain how it works and how to use it at either a community college or a qualifying public university in the state, including LSSU.”
For more information on TIP, see the State of Michigan website that covers the program.
For more information on Thursday’s program, contact Faust at firstname.lastname@example.org or 635-2678. -LSSU-
CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315; email@example.com; John Shibley, 635-2314, firstname.lastname@example.org; Deborah Faust, 635-2678, email@example.com