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Finlandia’s new need-based scholarships offer free tuition for eligible Michigan students, discounts for Western Great Lakes residents

January 27, 2020

Finlandia University is building on its commitment to provide affordable private higher education to all students through the creation of two new need-based scholarship opportunities. Beginning fall 2020, new incoming first year full-time students will be considered for the following:

Rise Together Scholarship – Free Full Tuition

The Rise Together Scholarship is a need-based scholarship that, when combined with federal and state scholarships and grants, covers a student’s entire tuition costs and aligns with Finlandia’s mission of providing affordable higher education to all. The Rise Together Scholarship can be applied to the first two years of study at Finlandia. After the completion of 56 credit hours and/or an associates degree, students can easily transfer into a bachelor’s degree program and become eligible for the $10,000 Finnish Strong Scholarship, which can be renewed on an annual basis.

Students must meet all criteria to be eligible for the Rise Together Scholarship. This scholarship is renewable, but students are not eligible to receive additional institutional scholarships.

Eligibility Requirements for the Rise Together Scholarship:

    • Michigan resident

    • Must file FAFSA by March 1*

    • First year, full-time enrollment in an associates degree program

    • Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) Eligible

    • Pell Eligible

    • Michigan Tuition Grant Eligible

    • 2.75 cumulative high school GPA

    • Must maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA while at FinnU

*Students can still earn the Rise Together Scholarship (valued at up to $14,221) but Finlandia cannot guarantee all tuition costs will be covered if a student does not file the FAFSA by March 1.

Western Great Lakes Scholarship – Up to $4,000

The Western Great Lakes Scholarship is a need-based scholarship up to $4,000 for residents of Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois or Wisconsin. Students must have a 2.75 high school grade point average. The award amount will be determined by family need on an individual basis. Students may be able to retain this scholarship for all four years by maintaining a 2.75 grade point average, full-time status and good social standing.

For more information about both scholarship opportunities, please visit finlandia.edu/scholarships. For questions, please contact Finlandia’s financial aid office at 906-487-7240 or email Director of Student Financial Services Sandra Turnquist directly at sandra.turnquist@finlandia.edu.

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