Submit your FAFSA
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) determines your eligibility for many federal, state, institutional and private scholarships and grants. So even if you think your income is too high, it's always best to apply.
When to begin searching
The best time to begin looking for scholarships and grants is during your sophomore or junior year in high school, but some opportunities are still available throughout high school and college.
Begin with your own contacts
First, consider your interests, hobbies, jobs, and affiliations (and those of your parents), and begin your search in your own hometown. Check with your high school, clubs, service organizations or wherever you have demonstrated special talents and hard work. Find out if your parents' employers offer any educational benefits.
Simply by applying to MSU you may be offered a scholarship through the MSU Office of Admissions. Current MSU students may also contact their academic departments for possible scholarship or assistantship opportunities. See our special information page for links related to study abroad, athletic aid, aid for students with children, etc.
Participating in ROTC while at MSU can help pay for your educational costs. See the following links for more information.
Scholarship search services
Expand your search by using online scholarship search services such as those listed below. Remember that you will need to submit your application materials directly to the awarding organization and meet all their requirements and deadlines.
Watch for scams!
- MSU does not endorse any scholarship service that charges a fee.
- Be wary of companies that guarantee results. No company can guarantee that you will get a scholarship.
Additional scholarship resources
- Accounting - MSU Department of Accounting and Information Systems
- Education - MSU College of Education
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
- Grand Rapids Community Foundation
- Hispanic Student's Guide to Making College Affordable
- Kalamazoo Promise
- Labor Union Scholarships
- Native American Institute
- Pride Scholarship (MSU)
- Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (MSU)
- State of Michigan Financial Aid Programs
- United Negro College Fund
- Women's Resource Center