Michigan ECHO Scholarship

Michigan ECHO Scholarship

A tuition-free pathway for Michigan’s frontline workers administered by Michigan College Access Network.

About the Scholarship

The Michigan Equity, Courage, Hope, and Opportunity (MI ECHO) Scholarship allows people living in Michigan to access associate's degree and certificate programs. The scholarship covers tuition, contact hours, and other mandatory fees. Through MI ECHO, students can earn a degree or certificate to gain stable employment and boost their standard of living.

This scholarship is only for people who cannot access federal financial aid and who worked on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The candidate must be eligible for acceptance into a certificate or associate degree program and cannot have previously earned an associate or bachelor's degree in any country.

Why Should You Apply?

If you're accepted to the MI ECHO Scholarship program, paying for an education is no longer an issue. You can earn an associate degree or certificate, and open doorways for new economic opportunities.

MI ECHO means a lot of things. It means getting an education. It means finding a better job. It means whatever you want to make of it. The MI ECHO Scholarship isn't just financial assistance, it's the next step in building a better life for you and your family.

Check to see if you're eligible.

Who’s Eligible

In order to be eligible for the MI ECHO Scholarship, you:

  • must be an individual who cannot access federal financial aid (ex. DACA, Temporary Protected Status immigrants [TPS], Asylum pending, or Special Immigrant Juveniles [SIJ]).
  • must not be in default on a federal student loan.
  • must have worked an essential job anytime during the declared COVID-19 pandemic (March 2020–present).
  • must currently live in Michigan.
  • must enroll at a 2-year institution (community college) or a participating institution.
  • must enroll in the associate degree or certificate program within six months of being accepted or reapply.
  • must not have previously earned an associate or baccalaureate degree.
  • must have graduated from high school with a diploma or certificate of completion or a high school equivalency certificate.
    • OR you must be near completion of earning a high school diploma, certificate of completion, or high school equivalency certificate. (Includes seniors in high school.)
    • OR if you have completed high school outside of the United States you can submit a diploma evaluation report.

If you have earned a certificate but have not yet earned an associate or bachelor’s degree, you are still eligible to apply for this program (a certificate is less than 60 credit hours).

If you are currently enrolled in an associate degree program or certificate program but have not completed either, you are still eligible to apply for this program.

We DO NOT ask for your home address.

MCAN is committed to the privacy and protection of all our students.

Students who are receiving Futures for Frontliners or Michigan Reconnect awards are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

How to Apply

Funds are limited, so not everyone who is eligible for the MI ECHO Scholarship will be accepted. Please apply as soon as possible to make sure your application is considered.

Applications must be submitted by Dec. 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m..

If you're eligible for the MI ECHO Scholarship, simply fill out the form to apply and submit the required verification documents that are requested.

Once you've submitted your application, we'll review it to see if you're eligible. You'll receive an email within six weeks of applying letting you know whether you've been accepted or declined. If you're accepted, we'll give you the next steps of the program.

Steps to apply:

  • Complete scholarship application form
  • Upload required documents:
    • Upload status verification
    • Upload essential worker verification
    • Sign and submit online FERPA consent form

Application questions? No problem, we're here to help. Email info@michiganecho.org or call 517-316-1713.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do if my application is declined?

Applicants can email info@michiganecho.org to appeal a scholarship decision or provide additional documentation. The scholarship appeal committee will review the information and make a determination.

How do I maintain eligibility?

  • Maintain good academic standing to remain eligible for enrollment (satisfactory academic progress varies by institution) or maintain a 2.0 GPA following your receipt of the MI ECHO scholarship
  • Continue living in Michigan
  • Continue to be enrolled at a Michigan or participating institution
  • Submit transcripts
  • Sign and submit a consent form for MI ECHO Scholarship staff to reach out directly to colleges for any necessary verification

The student will only remain eligible until the completion of their degree or three years after being in the program, whichever comes first.

What expenses does the MI ECHO Scholarship not cover?

The MI ECHO scholarship will not cover application and graduation/commencement fees, fees not charged to all students (i.e. fitness center, athletic fee, other non-mandatory fees, etc), textbooks and other course materials, housing and meals, lab fees, or transportation.

Read the complete list of frequently asked questions.

Other Questions?

If you have questions or need help applying, please contact us.

Email info@michiganecho.org or call 517-316-1713.

The MI ECHO Scholarship program is administered by Michigan College Access Network.