March 3 is the deadline for most scholarship applications and renewals for the 2017-2018
school year, for returning MCC students as well as those planning to transfer to other colleges.
An online version of the MCC application form is available at
<muskegoncc.edu/scholarships>. All materials should be submitted to the Financial Aid office,
Room 108 by the deadline.
Transfer scholarship information is available on the same website listed above. (See
sidebar for information on Grand Valley State University, the most common transfer location for
The application includes online completion of a current Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required annually for all financial aid recipients. It can be
completed online at <fafsa.ed.gov>. The MCC college code to enter is 002297.
Federal financial aid is based on need, and dependent students (under age 26 and
unmarried, regardless of where they live) will need to provide the financial information of their
A complete MCC scholarship application package includes:
Scholarships. Current student scholarships are listed on the website and application
form. Most are for $500-$1,000, although performance-based scholarships may cover
up to full tuition.
Essay. All scholarships require a general essay unless otherwise noted in the
scholarship description. The general essay requirement is a 300- to 500-word essay
explaining career goals and what experiences have led the applicant to those goals.
Other activities, including clubs, memberships, activities or jobs held. An additional
sheet should include activity/employer, dates participated, offices held/job title, and
In addition to the above scholarships, several grants are administered by the Community
Foundation for Muskegon County (CFFMC) for the specific benefit of MCC students, and the
application deadline is March 1. The application for those scholarships is available at
<cffmc.org/receive/scholarship>. More than $600,000 is awarded each year by over 280 separate
scholarship funds by the Muskegon County Community Foundation.
To help students navigate the FAFSA maze, the Financial Aid office is offering FAFSA
Fridays scheduled for Feb. 17, March 3, March 17, and March 31. Sessions will be held from 1
to 3 p.m. in L261 and L263, Students will need to provide their Social Security number or alien
registration number (for non-citizens); most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other
records of money earned; and bank statements, records of investments, and records of untaxed
income, if applicable.
Also required is an FSA identification number to sign the FAFSA electronically. The ID
number can be obtained online.