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Grants

Free money is good – see if you qualify for free aid by way of the following grants. The list below includes grants through Spring Arbor University, as well as the federal government and state government. To learn more about the financial aid offered at the state level, visit the Michigan student financial aid website. Learn about federal student aid from the U.S. Department of Education by visiting studentaid.ed.gov

SAU Grants

SAU Grants (2016-17)

Grants are renewable each year, based on continued eligibility.

SAU Grant

  • Eligibility: Students who demonstrate a significant level of unmet need
  • Value: Varies based on unmet need
  • Applying: Submit FAFSA
  • Renewal policy: Submit FAFSA (Grant amount can change each year as family’s unmet need changes)

Endowed and Annually Funded Scholarships/Grants

  • Eligibility: Each scholarship has specific requirements
  • Value: Varies, depending on funding
  • Applying: Submit SAU Supplemental Aid Application by Feb. 15
  • Renewal policy: Renewable with annual application

Free Methodist Church Matching Grant

  • Eligibility: Any Free Methodist student whose home church provides a scholarship on their behalf
  • Value: Maximum of $2,000 per year, matched dollar-for-dollar
  • Applying: Contact the SAU Office of Financial Aid for appropriate form
  • Renewal policy: Renewable each year in which a scholarship is received from the home church

State and Federal Government Grants

State and Federal Government Grants (2016-17)

Michigan Tuition Grant

  • Eligibility: Michigan resident; financial need; student receiving MTG not eligible to receive MCS
  • Value: $1,830 estimated maximum
  • Applying: File FAFSA by the state filing deadline, March 1. Spring Arbor University must be listed first on your FAFSA
  • Renewal policy: Submit FAFSA annually by MTG deadline

Federal Pell Grant

  • Eligibility: Financial need
  • Value: $598 to $5,815
  • Applying: Submit FAFSA
  • Renewal policy: Submit FAFSA annually

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

  • Eligibility: Pell Grant recipients with exceptional financial need
  • Value: $100 to $4,000
  • Applying: Submit FAFSA
  • Renewal policy: Submit FAFSA annually

Federal College Work Study Program (CWS)

  • Eligibility: Financial need
  • Value: Varies; student usually works less than 15 hours per week
  • Applying: Submit FAFSA and SAU Campus Work Application
  • Renewal: Submit FAFSA annually

TEACH Grant

TEACH Grant

Undergraduate

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate teacher education students planning to teach in high-need fields (Note: Grant converts to Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan if criteria are not met.)
  • To determine eligibility and start the application, please go to our Teach Grant Information Page.
  • Value: Up to $4,000 each year ($16,000 total for four-year undergraduate program)
  • Applying: Submit FAFSA and TEACH application
  • Renewal: Submit FAFSA annually (Note: Acceptance of the TEACH Grant may reduce the Michigan Tuition Grant and Michigan Competitive Scholarship eligibility).

Graduate

  • Eligibility: Graduate teacher education students planning to teach in high-need fields (Note: Grant converts to Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan if criteria are not met.)
  • To determine eligibility and start the application, please go to our Teach Grant Information Page.
  • Value: $4,000 each year ($8,000 total for two-year graduate program)
  • Applying: Submit FAFSA and TEACH application
  • Renewal: Submit FAFSA annually (Note: Acceptance of the TEACH Grant may reduce the Michigan Tuition Grant and Michigan Competitive Scholarship eligibility).

Private Donors and Lenders

Private Donors and Lenders

Financial aid from private parties usually takes the form of scholarships and grants that businesses, organizations or donors established to honor local students. Be it the Rotary or Lions Club, an area bank or hospital, or a wealthy citizen, you can be eligible for these by entering a certain field of study, attending a certain college or university, participating in certain extracurricular activities or graduating with a certain GPA. Loans might come from a bank or relative.