Detroit Compact Scholarship

The Detroit Compact is a voluntary partnership of over 100 businesses, community organizations, government agencies and public schools, designed to assist Detroit public school students in achieving job and college readiness. Each Compact graduate who meets the 4 year college-readiness standards of the Compact, and is admitted regularly as a freshman to one of the participating Michigan public universities, will become a Compact scholar. 

Each scholar will have the average cost of tuition and fees covered through a combination of scholarships and grants, including those need-based awards provided through financial aid eligibility determination. Students must apply by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year.  

Award amount

Renewable scholarships are awarded annually which cover average (in-state rate) tuition and fees at the current Michigan State University rate, minus other grants and scholarship gift aid, for two semesters (fall and spring) during the aid year.  

Scholarship criteria

  • Michigan Resident
  • Identified by Admissions
  • High School GPA minimum 3.0
  • ACT score minimum 21

Recipient selection

Students are selected in the 9th grade by their school administrators.

Scholarship renewal

Scholarships are renewable for eight consecutive semesters.   Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and meet the standards of satisfactory academic progress required by all financial aid recipients.  Students are required to be enrolled at least full-time (12 credit hours).

Note: The Detroit Compact Scholarship may not be combined with a Wade McCree Jr. Incentive Scholarship