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Tuition Incentive Program - TIP

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.

Only students who were identified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) as having met the Michigan Medicaid eligibility requirement may apply for TIP. MDHHS only considers students who had a qualifying form of Medicaid for 24 months within a 36-consecutive month period between age nine and high school completion as having met the Medicaid eligibility requirement.

Students, as young as 12, who have been identified as meeting the Medicaid eligibility requirement will be sent notifications encouraging them to complete the TIP application. 

The TIP application may be completed online in the MiSSG Student Portal at www.michigan.gov/missg  or by calling 1-888-447-2687.


If a student has been told that they are not eligible for TIP, but feels they should be eligible based on the criteria, the student may appeal their status. The appeal must be for a mitigating circumstance. Appeals are never guaranteed for approval; however, will be reviewed by the Director for a determination. An appeal explanation and supporting documentation needs to be sent to:

Michigan Department of Treasury
Office of Postsecondary Financial Planning
Attn: Anne Wohlfert, Executive Director
P.O. Box 30462
Lansing, MI 48909


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