Eastern Michigan University expands Eastern Tuition Advantage free tuition program; increases merit-based scholarship awards for students

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YPSILANTI —  Eastern Michigan University is proud to announce the expansion of its Eastern Tuition Advantage free tuition program to help more students receive no-cost tuition. The University also announced an increase in merit-based scholarship awards. The expanded programs are in effect now for students enrolling for the Fall semester of 2024. The actions reflect the University’s commitment to making higher education accessible and affordable to students. 

To be eligible for the Eastern Tuition Advantage free-tuition program, a student must be admitted to EMU by March 15, 2024, have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, be Pell Grant Eligible or have an adjusted gross family income of less than $60,000 per year as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid). This award covers full tuition when including federal and state aid.

In previous years, the Eastern Tuition Advantage Program was based on adjusted gross family income only and did not take Pell Grant eligibility into account. The University expanded access to the program to include Pell Grant eligibility to ensure that EMU removes financial obstacles for students who need it the most. 

The University also has increased merit-based scholarships for Fall 2024. First-year students are eligible for the Emerald Scholarship which ranges from $4,000-$8,000 a year. To qualify, students must apply, be admitted to the University, and have at least a 2.75 cumulative high school GPA. The awards are renewable annually as long as students maintain their academic standing.

Eastern Michigan University was among the first public universities in Michigan to offer free tuition to high-achieving students with financial needs. The program has been in place for more than a decade. 

Eastern Michigan University Vice President of Enrollment Management Katie Condon-Martin said, “Our decision to expand access to the Eastern Tuition Advantage program is a response to upcoming changes with the FAFSA process, particularly the transition from Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to the Student Aid Index (SAI). By expanding this program we are reaffirming our commitment to accessibility and ensuring that financial considerations don't have to stand in the way of our students' pursuit of a quality education."

Learn more about EMU's scholarship programs at https://www.emich.edu/admissions/scholarships/index.php

Students can apply now at  https://www.emich.edu/admissions/apply/index.php

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 14,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. Visit the University’s rankings and points of pride websites to learn more. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.



September 29, 2023

Written by:
Walter Kraft

Media Contact:
Melissa Thrasher