Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid is an important step for many students and families. It’s something every student should do whether they plan to attend a trade school, community college or university. There are no fees to apply for financial aid.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA is a form used to apply for student financial aid from the federal and state government, as well as most colleges and universities. The government uses the information from your FAFSA to determine your expected family contribution.

Students may begin applying for FAFSA Oct. 1 each year and they are highly encouraged to complete it before March 1 of the following year.

Before applying, the student and a parent/guardian will need to create an Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. Create that ID here.

Questions? Contact Kelly Miller at (231) 582-8070.

Visit FAFSA online

Michigan College Access Network: Introduction to Financial Aid Presentation

Tuition Incentive Program

The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) encourages eligible Medicaid recipients to complete high school by providing tuition assistance during an eligible student’s qualifying certificate or associate degree program and also during the student’s bachelor’s degree program.

Visit the Tuition Incentive Program website

Questions? Contact Kelly Johnson at Char-Em ISD, (231) 582-8070, or your high school counselor.

Service club scholarships

Many local service clubs, such as Rotary and Kiwanis, offer scholarships. Consider researching what scholarships might be available with your local service club.

College/university scholarships

Be sure to check the website of the school to which you are applying to check for freshmen, currently enrolled students, and transfer student scholarships.

Community Foundations

Community Foundations in Northern Michigan offer scholarships for students attending trade schools, community colleges and universities.

Charlevoix County Community Foundation Grants and Scholarships

Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation Grants and Scholarships

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