University Links and Finding the "Best Fit"

Find the best fit for you!

For most high school graduates, postsecondary education means attending a college or university. TRIO Pre-College Programs encourage students to look at multiple options.  If a student is TIP eligible, staying in Michigan is often wise financially, but it is important not to get stuck on a higher "sticker price", as financial aid can come in many forms.  Become familiar with what ALL schools of interest offer.  College is a different “ball game” compared to high school, so find the place where you will be successful - not just the cheapest, easiest, where your friend is going, or closest.  Keep contemplating what would be your best "college fit":

  • Big or small
  • Public or private
  • Near to home or far away
  • Class size and extracurricular programs
 Click on logo to be taken to Big Future, presented by the college board

Click on logo to be taken to Big Future, presented by the college board

For unbiased information about colleges from cost of attendance, to what club and organizations, club sports, or many other useful items, check out The College Board website.  There is also an extremely useful college comparison tool.  Find this tool under the "Find Colleges" drop-down. 

Transparency in Making Good College Decisions

College Scorecard

 Click here to be taken to the College Scorecard

Click here to be taken to the College Scorecard

The U.S. Department of Education and White House have pushed for transparency in college selections.  To aid students and their parents in obtaining the BEST information, the government has made a college scorecard.  You can think of it as a report card for multiple students and you are examining to see who is scoring the best in key fields/attributes to help you find the "best fit".

Example of local universities/colleges comparison - information from College Scorecard

 Click here to be taken to the Net Price calculator center

Click here to be taken to the Net Price calculator center

Net Price Calculator Center

In addition to the College Scorecard, the US Department of Education and White House want students and families to be able to calculate how much it will cost to attend a university.  To that effect, public and state universities and colleges are required to have a Net Price Calculator available.  Sometimes they can be somewhat difficult to find on websites, so the Net Price Calculator Center is available.  All you need is the college's name and the website will simply redirect you directly to the college/university's Net Price Calculator

All Michigan post-secondary institutions with direct links to their website

Public Institutions

Private Institutions

Individual School Scholarships

Don't forget -- at many of these institutions, there are other types of financial aid available besides the grants and loans offered to you at the state and federal level. Once your FAFSA is submitted to the Registrar at the school or schools you are looking into, be sure to inquire about scholarships and grants that may be available to you as a result of your academic record, ethnicity or race, chosen course of study, occupations of currently employed or retired family members, or other situations based on you as an individual



Information on Out of State Options:

Students fear looking at colleges and universities out-of-state because it will cost far too much.  Well, there is good news and bad news about looking out of state.

  • Bad News
    • Yes you may have to pay a higher tuition while going out of state
  • Good News
    • Michigan is a participating member of the Midwest Higher Education Compact (MHEC) with the Midwest Student Exchange Program, so you are eligible for a tuition break simply for being a resident of Michigan.
    • Also remember if you are looking at state/community colleges vs private, the private colleges/universities typically have the same in-state as out-of-state tuition for students.  When comparing the actual cost of attendance at private colleges you will find they are quite comparable, more times than not for a majority of colleges/universities. 

Now you may be asking “What does this all mean for me?” Well the answer is simple.  If you go to a participating school you can take advantage of many of the perks involved with the MHEC (Midwestern Higher Education Council). Visit the MHEC site to learn more about the exchange program by clicking here.