Freshmen Merit Scholarships Make Paying for College Easier

See the table below for Freshmen Merit Scholarships and the corresponding criteria for receiving and renewing awards.

Annual Award

Total Award*



Full in-state

in-state tuition/fees**

Complete application by December 1,
competitive selection

3.0 GPA, SAP***


Merit Scholarship


3.25+ GPA
31-36 ACT
1390-1600 SAT

2.75 GPA, SAP***




3.25+ GPA
27-30 ACT
1260-1380 SAT

2.75 GPA, SAP***




3.25+ GPA
1160-1250 SAT

2.75 GPA, SAP***

*Over 4 years
**Full in-state tuition/fees merit scholarships are given at the UM-Flint Scholarship Competition. See "Full tuition/fees Merit Scholarships" below for more information. 
***Satisfactory Academic Progress

UM-Flint reserves the right to make changes to scholarship and renewal criteria as needed. 

At UM-Flint, we want you to focus on starting your university experience strong—not on how you’ll pay for college. Available for first-time freshmen coming out of high school, our new Freshmen Merit Scholarship program offers more funding for students with a strong academic record and a desire to excel. 

Our Freshmen Merit Scholarships simplify the process of applying for and receiving awards, with:

  • No separate application to fill out—first-time freshmen are automatically considered for Freshmen Merit Scholarships when they apply to UM-Flint.
  • Immediate eligibility to receive scholarship funds for up to four years, for qualifying incoming freshmen who meet the minimum guidelines.
  • Instant information on which scholarship amount you qualify for—no waiting for an answer.
  • Annual award amounts ranging from $3,000 to $7,000, with a limited number of full in-state tuition/fees scholarships available.***

Qualifying for Freshmen Merit Scholarships

Available to first-time freshmen coming from high school, Freshmen Merit Scholarships are awarded automatically based on your cumulative high school grade point averages as well as ACT and/or SAT test scores at application. The minimum requirements include a 3.25 high school grade point average with a 24 ACT/1160 SAT score. If your grade point average and/or test scores increase to a qualify you for a larger award, you will receive notifcation that your award has been increased. Students who receive scholarships must maintain a minimum grade point average and credit hours at UM-Flint to have their awards renewed. 

Full In-State Tuition/Fees Merit Scholarships

Full in-state tuition/fees merit scholarships (covering full time resident,in-state tuition and fees) are awarded to 10 attendees of the UM-Flint Scholarship Competition. The Competition is held annually (at a date to be determined) and is by invitation-only. To qualify for consideration for the Competition you must have a complete admission application by December 1st. Applicants meeting Honors Program qualifications (3.7+ GPA and 27+ ACT/1260+ SAT) are most likely to receive an invitation. 

Learn More

Students are also encouraged to learn about the full range of scholarships available for all academic and economic backgrounds.


The Office of Financial Aid and Undergraduate Admissions are here to answer your questions about the new Freshmen Merit Scholarships as well as other scholarships. International students are encouraged to contact the International Center with questions. 

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