Sources of Financial Aid
Financial aid comes from many different sources. Depending on need and your financial situation, you may be eligible for government aid. Several options of aid are available through federal student loans. It is your responsibility to repay all federal student loans. Options of financial aid are available at Montcalm Community College include grants, scholarships and student loans.
Montcalm Community College offers federal and state grants and programs to help you pay for your college expenses. Grants are available on a need-based system that gives you money so that you can complete college.
The Federal Pell Grant program offers grants up to $7,395 (2023-2024) to students meeting specified need requirements. This is determined by reviewing the information on your FAFSA form. It is paid in proportion to the number of credit hours for which the student is enrolled. Students are eligible until completion of the first baccalaureate degree, but do not exceed the equivalent of 12 semesters at full time enrollment, or 600%.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a program that offers students enrolled at least half time with need, grants up to $600 at MCC. MCC awards this grant on a first-come, first-served basis. This is determined by reviewing the information on your FAFSA form.
The Federal College Work Study (CWS) program offers work, on or off campus, to students enrolled at least half time, with financial need, to help meet their educational expenses. This is determined by reviewing the information on your FAFSA form. Jobs are arranged after considering the amount of the award and the student’s class schedule. Students are paid bi-weekly with a maximum of 25 hours per week.
The Carl D. Perkins Cost Assistance Program is a supplemental program that provides assistance to single parents, displaced homemakers, single-pregnant women, non-traditional job trainees, economically disadvantaged, individuals with a disability, limited English proficiency. This program is federally funded through the Carl D. Perkins vocational and Technical Education Act and is subject to provisions of the Act.
The Michigan Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) pays tuition and fees at the in-district rate. Students younger than age 20 who graduate from high school or obtain a GED and who are from lower-income families are eligible.
The Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver (MITW) program provides free tuition for North American Indians in public colleges or universities. Applicants must be certified by their tribal association and verified by the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan to be not less than 1/4 quantum blood Indian.
MCC, in partnership with West Michigan Works!, will pay for training classes in fields like health care, information technology, manufacturing, corrections and agriculture though the MiLEAP Grant. One Workforce grants provide students with advanced manufacturing skills training so you can gain the education needed for a high-wage, high-demand field.
Scholarships are a great source of aid, but competitive so apply early. Montcalm Community College Foundation has scholarships available to help you pay for your college expenses. The financial aid office also offers links to other scholarship resources that might help you in your pursuit for scholarship aid.
MCC Foundation ScholarshipsThe MCC Foundation assists MCC in its mission of creating a learning community by providing academic scholarships to MCC students, funding institutional grants for education projects and supporting building projects.
Scholarships of up to $1,000 are awarded annually to state resident college freshmen whose American College Testing (ACT) Program scores qualify them and whose Financial Aid Applications show need. Undergraduate students may renew this scholarship for up to the equivalent of 10 semesters by maintaining eligibility. Please complete your FAFSA before March 1, to be considered for this scholarship.
Michigan Reconnect is a scholarship program that pays for you to attend your in-district community college, and offers a large tuition discount if you attend an out-of-district community college. You can use the scholarship to complete an associate degree or a skill certificate program.
The Greenville Area Community Foundation provides grants and scholarships to eligible students from Belding High School, Carson-City-Crystal High School, Central Montcalm High School, Greenville High School, Lakeview High School, Montabella High School, Tri County High School and Vestaburg High School.
Since 1945, Grand Rapids Community Foundation has been a major scholarship provider in Kent County, awarding more than $1 million every year to hundreds of students pursuing a higher education.
The Fostering Futures Scholarship provides scholarships to students who have experienced foster care in Michigan on or after age 13. Students must also demonstrate financial need to qualify.
Beginning with the class of 2023, high school graduates will be eligible for up to $2,750 per year at Montcalm Community College through the Michigan Achievement Scholarship Program.
The MI Future Educator Stipend is a $9,600 stipend per semester to support Michigan’s hardworking student teachers as they continue their journey to being in the classroom full-time.