What is FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form is a form completed by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) to determine eligibility for federal student aid. States and colleges also use FAFSA information to award grants, scholarships, and loans. 

What Information Do I Need?

The following information is needed from students and their parent/guardian:

  • Social Security Number
  • Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. 
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • A Federal Student Aid PIN to sign-in electronically. (If you do not already have one, visit www.pin.ed.gov to obtain one.) 

When to Apply

The FAFSA form must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central time (CT) on June 30, 2024. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sept. 14, 2024.

College deadlines are usually early in the year, often in February or March, although some are even earlier. Visit a school’s website or contact its financial aid office.

Scholarship Opportunities

Baker College
Baker College has scholarship opportunities ranging from $1,500/semester to full tuition.

Community Foundation for Muskegon County
The Community Foundation for Muskegon County has scholarships opportunities for high school seniors, current college students, early college seniors, or adult learners.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

The Muskegon Heights Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc has provided scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Muskegon County since 1978. The due date for the scholarship is  March 29, 2024.

Discover Manufacturing
Discover Manufacturing will award multiple scholarships from $500 to $2,000 for skilled trades technical training. This includes graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in manufacturing-related programs as well as continuing education for adults and apprentices.

Gerber Foundation

The Gerber Foundation offers competitive scholarships for students graduating from select high schools in Newaygo, Muskegon, or Oceana Counties in West Michigan.

National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators
The Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists (MASFPS) will award three state scholarships ($1500, $1000, and $500) to eligible high school seniors who are on track to graduate.

Making a Different Scholarship Program

West Shore Bank will award approximately six (6) scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 per award based on the applicant’s college/university choice. Scholarship deadline is in April.

Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship

Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors from public or private schools in the Kent, Muskegon, and Ottawa Intermediate School Districts. Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors who plan to pursue a career in science.

Michigan Achievement Scholarship

On October 11, 2022, Governor Whitmer signed Public Act 212 of 2022 to establish the Michigan Achievement Scholarship. Starting with the high school Class of 2023, students will be eligible for additional financial aid from the State.

Michigan Career Placement Association (MCPA) Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes an outstanding senior who has made extraordinary efforts in his/her work-based learning placement. The scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, books, or career-related supplies.

Muskegon Community College
MCC has many scholarships available based on a variety of criteria including academic achievement, financial need, county of residency, and program of study.

Microsoft Disability Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to promising high school seniors with disabilities who plan to attend a vocational or academic college and target a career in the technology industry. All completed applications must be submitted by the second week of March.

SET SEG Skilled Trades Scholarship
With the shortage of skilled trade workers in Michigan, the SET SEG Foundation is offering 20 scholarships each in the amount of $500 to help revitalize these career paths and support students. Application deadline is the second week of April.

University Club of Grand Rapids
The University Club of Grand Rapids Scholarship Foundation is offering a $1,000 renewable scholarship to graduating seniors. 
The scholarship may also be applied to  trade schools and other studies beyond high school.

Women's Division Chamber of Commerce
Each year, WDCC gives scholarships to deserving students attending Muskegon Community College or Muskegon Baker College.

Xello–local scholarship opportunities
Local Scholarships in Xello provide students with the tools and information they need to make the search process easier and more efficient.

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