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Fostering Futures Scholarship

The Fostering Futures Scholarship awards youth who have experienced foster care in the State of Michigan. 

The following are important items to remember (Eligibility Requirements):

  • Student must have been in foster care after the 13th birthday
  • There is no upper age limit.  Student can receive funding at any age.
  • Student must be an undergradutate, attending a Michigan public or private 4-year college/university or a community college.
  • Funding can be used only for the following: Tuition, fees, room/board, books, and supplies/equipment required for enrollment.
  • This funding can be used along with ETV.

Other important information:

  • Students are only required to submit one application per academic year 
  • The 2019-20 Fostering Futures Scholarship application period is March 15, 2019- June 30, 2019.  The application deadline is June 30, 2019.  Late Applications will not be accepted.
  • The student is responsible for notifying SSG of a change of address or college choice.
  • The FFS is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Funding amounts vary based on need and any other financial aid the student is receiving.
  • All future awards are subject to approved and available funding.  Click here for or more information. 

Questions may be directed to Student Scholarships and Grants at mistudentaid@michigan.gov or call toll-free at 1-888-4-GRANTS (888-447-2687)

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q:  I already applied last year, do I have to apply again?

A:  Yes! Students must complete the application one time per year to be considered!

Q:  When is the deadline?

A:  June 30, 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

Q:  Do I have to send any extra documentation to be considered?

A:  Most students do not.  However, if we are unable to verify your foster care status with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), we will reach out to you requesting court documentation.

Q: If I decide to change my college, do I need to notify your office?

A: You must update your college with our office.  You can do this by logging into your MiSSG Student Portal account at www.michigan.gov/missg or by contacting our office at 1-888-447-2687 or email mistudentaid@michigan.gov.

Q: Can I use this scholarship at an out-of-state college?

A: No. Students must be attending a Michigan degree-granting public or private community college or university. A list of approved institutions is available on the Fostering Futures Scholarship Fact Sheet.

Q:  How much money will I receive?

A: The award amount will be determined after June 30, 2019. Last year’s award was a maximum of $3,000 for the year ($1,500 Fall and $1,500 Spring).

Q: How will I receive the scholarship?

A: Approved scholarships will be issued to the financial aid office.  Payments for Fall 2019 will be sent to the college November 2019, and payments for Spring 2020 will be sent to the college February 2020.

Q: Where can I learn more about the Fostering Futures Scholarship?

A: Please review the Fostering Futures Scholarship Fact Sheet or visit the Fostering Futures Scholarship page on our Web site.


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Fostering Success Michigan is a program of The New Foster Care that aims to increase access and success in higher education and post-college careers for youth with experience in foster care. Learn how you can contribute to building a holistic network that insulates (i.e., strengthens protective factors and reduces risks) the education to career "pipeline." 

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