The Detroit Compact provides a tuition-free path to a four-year college degree for students who meet the program’s academic standards.
The standards are designed to ensure that students meet basic academic requirements. Students who attain the standards are rewarded with college assistance.
Students can qualify for free tuition and fees at four-year universities.
A Certainty of Opportunity: Four-Year Public Colleges and Universities
The state of Michigan has some of the most competitive public colleges and universities in the country. Graduating seniors who meet the four-year college standards, enroll full-time in a participating college/university and apply for financial assistance will receive tuition and fees for four years of study. Here is a checklist of requirements:
Four Year College Checklist
- High school transcript
- ACT (21 or higher) in reading and math only
- Acceptance letter from college or university
- Must apply for financial aid (FAFSA) each year, regardless of need
- Must complete all application forms required by the college or university
- Must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Must be in good standing with the college or university
- Must register as a full-time student each semester (12 or more credits)
- Must notify the Compact central office of any changes (address, telephone, e-mail, etc.)
Participating Public Colleges and Universities
Participating Public Colleges and Universities include:
Central Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Ferris State University
Grand Valley State University
Michigan State University
Michigan Technological University
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
University of Michigan – Dearborn
Wayne State University
Western Michigan University
Non-participating/Private college and universities agreement
The Detroit Compact tuition assistance program is a collaboration between the Detroit Regional Chamber, public and private universities and Detroit Public Schools. The majority of the funding for scholarships comes from the universities themselves. Participating in-state private schools may work with students on an individual basis but DO NOT guarantee that all tuition and fees will be covered, although they typically put together very generous aid packages. Private institutions do not accept transfer student
Those students who chose to attend non- participating institutions Detroit Compact will award a scholarship in the amount of $500.00 the first and second years only as long as you maintain a 2.5 GPA and are full-time (12 credit hours or more). Student must provide a copy of their transcript to receive funding for year two.
Michigan also has an outstanding independent network of colleges and universities, represented with the Detroit Compact through the Michigan Colleges Foundation (MCF). The 14 MCF member colleges and universities have established special financial aid packages for on-target, college-ready high school graduates. Financial packages are assessed on an individual basis. These schools do not offer the same tuition and fee guarantees that participating public universities do. Compact students interested in attending participating private schools need to contact the school directly to determine the amount of financial aid they will provide.
Michigan Foundation Colleges
The Michigan Colleges Foundation colleges and universities include:
Siena Heights University
Spring Arbor College
University of Detroit Mercy
Students will have the opportunity to transfer to a four-year participating university upon completion of an associate’s degree with continued Compact assistance. Please note each four-year college/university has its own policies regarding Detroit Compact transfer students.
Talent from Around the Globe Finds Opportunity in the Region
The Detroit region is rich with an educated, multi-national population. Thirty-seven percent of Michigan’s foreign-born population has a bachelor’s degree or higher, which is 10 percent higher than the national average. There are currently 25,000 foreign-born students attending Michigan colleges and universities.
Michigan is the only state in the U.S. to launch a talent retention initiative aimed at foreign exchange students. The Southeast Michigan Global Talent Retention Initiative assists immigrant students in the region to aim higher and to retain them in the region to contribute to our overall prosperity.