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SMC Guarantee

Guaranteed Scholarships for New Students


We believe that your future is our future. When you attain an education, get a good job, and contribute to the economy, you’re helping to build society for us all. 

That’s why we’re offering the SMC Guarantee—a scholarship of at least $600 to every new student to help remove financial barriers to attaining a college degree. 

Because the best way forward is together. 


SMC Guarantee Details

For New Students Enrolling in Classes Beginning Fall 2021

In-District Students

(Residents of Cass County and Keeler and Hamilton Townships in Van Buren County)

$1,000 minimum scholarship*

Out-of-District Students

(All other students)

$600 minimum scholarship* 

*FAFSA completion is required. Scholarship will be awarded as 50% for Fall 2021 and 50% for Spring 2022, subject to satisfactory academic progress. May be combined with Michigan Reconnect or outside awards, but cannot be combined with other SMC academic or athletic scholarships; the highest SMC award will apply.  Eligibility: certificate- or degree-seeking post-secondary students taking nine or more credit hours who have not attended SMC since Fall 2016 (unless dual-enrolled). 


+ Save Even More

The SMC Guarantee makes SMC’s already-low tuition even more affordable. Pair the guarantee with other forms of financial aid (FAFSA grants, Michigan Reconnect, additional scholarships), and you might be able to go to SMC tuition-free! 

Browse more financial aid opportunities in the menu or explore cost details here.


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SMC grads have received full-ride scholarships and research fellowships at top universities and have gone on to work for top global companies. 

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