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Tuition Paid in Full for High-Performing Students with High Financial Need


Ferris State University students whose family finances indicate a significant need in meeting their tuition costs may benefit from a newly announced incentive, the Launch assistance program.

Melanie Mulder, the coordinator of Ferris’ Financial Aid Office, said this program applies to students enrolling as freshmen for the Fall 2021 semester who will be learning on the Big Rapids campus and are attending college for the first time.

“The essence of the Launch program is that those students with at least a 3.0 grade point average and an Expected Family Contribution of zero, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), would receive this assistance for their undergraduate tuition,” Mulder said. “We have a grid that makes a specific calculation for each student, as it takes their Pell Grant award into consideration and the support the university also offers through the Woodbridge N. Ferris scholarship.”

Mulder said resources for the Launch program come from applying the Ferris Merit Grant, which the university had established several years ago.

“When Launch recipients receive billing from the university, that benefit would be described as a Ferris Merit Grant,” Mulder said. “We expect this program will be most helpful to those students whose academic achievement is desirable to us, as we offer these resources to assure that their tuition costs are met through this program and other contributions.”

Mulder said the Launch program structure should serve students seeking their first Associate of Applied Science or Bachelor of Science degree. This is with full consideration of all grants, scholarships, tuition waivers and other financial assistance students have received.

“The university and our office are glad to be making this level of assurance available so that incoming students who qualify know their tuition needs will be met,” Mulder said.