Rise Together Scholarship

Free Full Tuition for Michigan Residents. See full eligibility requirements below.

Rise Together Scholarship

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.

Not eligible for the Rise Together Scholarship? Check out our other merit and need-based scholarship opportunities including the $7,500 Board of Trustees Scholarship, the $5,500 President’s Scholarship, or the Western Great Lakes Scholarship (up to $4,000).

Eligibility Requirements

  • Michigan resident
  • Must be accepted as a new incoming Finlandia student – Apply Now!
  • Must file FAFSA by May 1 and list Finlandia University first with school code 002322*
  • First-year, full-time enrollment in an associate degree program
  • Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) Eligible
  • Pell Eligible
  • Michigan Tuition Grant Eligible
  • 2.25 cumulative high school GPA
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.25 GPA while at FinnU

*Students can still earn the Rise Together Scholarship but Finlandia cannot guarantee all tuition costs will be covered if a student does not file the FAFSA by March 1.

Notice something missing? Thanks to FinnU’s test-optional admissions policy, SAT/ACT scores won’t affect your admissions decision or the ability to receive the Rise Together Scholarship. 


The Finlandia application is free and only takes a few minutes to complete. With our fast-track application, you’ll know within three business days if you’ve been accepted. Start your application today to begin your Finlandia journey.

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After completion of an associate’s degree or 56 credit hours, students can easily transition to one of FinnU’s bachelor’s degree programs. Whether it’s utilizing our multiple 2+2 degree offerings or shifting from an associate’s in general studies degree into a more concentrated bachelor’s degree in Art & Design, Arts & Sciences, Business, or Health Sciences, our faculty and staff will help students get to where they want to be academically. Learn more about the Finlandia majors available here.



Finlandia Hall

At Finlandia Hall, we provide a living environment that assists students in accomplishing their academic, vocational, and social goals. Rooms are double occupancy suite-style that have high speed internet and wireless connections.

Student lounges on each floor promote a social atmosphere and contain a flat screen television and kitchenette.

Laundry services, a larger student lounge, computer lab, campus security and Finn Hall Cafe all reside conveniently on the first floor.

All students 21 and younger are required to live in Finn Hall for their first two years. Exceptions are made for students residing with a parent or legal guardian within a 30-mile radius of campus, students who have successful completed and documented 48 or more credit hours prior to the add/drop deadline of the fall semester (post high school graduation); are married and/or have joint or full physical custody or overnight visitation rights of minor child/(ren); have prior or concurrent military service, or have medical conditions in which the University cannot accommodate.

Meal Plan

Finlandia requires all residential students to purchase a meal plan. Finlandia Hall Cafe, located on the first floor of Finn Hall, provides three meals a day, every day for an affordable price. Students have the option of eating in, dining out or pre-ordering a sack lunch. The menu changes daily with weekly favorites such as Taco Tuesday and Burger Friday. There is also a cold cuts and salad bar available.

If the home-cooking isn’t homey enough, FinnU’s head chef, Tim Nakkula, is always looking for new recipes and will gladly try to recreate favorite dishes from home.

New to Fall 2021, Finlandia University announces FinnFlex. A new meal plan program scheduled for rollout by October 1, FinnFlex provides students ‘flex’ in their diets with funds that can be used at off-campus restaurants through newly formed partnerships. The pilot program will also feature the new service through on-campus vending machines. All meal plans, except Block Plans, will include varying amounts of FinnFlex to spend.

Approved FinnFlex vendors for Fall 2021 include Queen City Burger Company and Milly’s, eateries right down the street from FinnU. FinnFlex may also be used via PepsiCo vending machines found on-campus.

Finlandia Hall Summer Time

  Breakfast at the Cafe



FinnU prides itself on providing not only a holistic education, but also a holistic college and living experience. As such, we have numerous support systems in place for students who wish to utilize them.


One of the biggest barriers to attending FinnU may be a lack of reliable transportation. To address this need, FinnU will be offering a shuttle service for eastern U.P. and downstate Michigan students at the start and end of each semester and during key breaks.

Food & Basic Necessities


In addition to Finlandia’s affordable meal plan, FinnU also offers numerous food options for those facing food scarcity including

The Table – Finlandia’s student needs pantry features food, toiletries, hygiene products and laundry supplies at no charge. All students are welcome to utilize The Table, no questions asked, located in the Chapel of St. Matthew on campus.

One Buck Lunch – Every day at lunchtime, students will find a quick lunch available for $1 in the kitchen of the Chapel of St. Matthew.

All Means All Community Meal – Every first and third Monday of the month, students are invited to come learn how to cook and make the meal for the evening. Whether you cooked or not, all are invited to join in and EAT what students have prepared. This is an interfaith, ecumenical, all are welcome of any religion or no-particular-religion meal. The point is community. Gathering. And food, of course.

Western Upper Peninsula Food Bank – The Western Upper Peninsula Food Bank will work with students facing food scarcity to provide basic needs.



FinnU offers numerous opportunities for students to work while studying. From the federal work-study program to helping students identify relevant part-time jobs or volunteer opportunities, faculty and staff understand the demands placed on a working student and help support them with academics and career.

Beyond working through college, our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping students find not only a career, but a vocation or calling that suits their strengths and needs. Our new Center for Vocation & Career utilizes the Clifton Strengths Finder tool to identify an individual’s strengths and build a career plan accordingly.

Tutoring & Scholastic Support


Finlandia has a Tutoring Learning Center on campus that all students can utilize for free. It consists of professional tutors and peer tutors as well.

For first generation, low-income, or disabled students, TRIO Student Support Services delivers a program of academic and personal support designed in partnership with the student. Services support students in ts persisting from one academic year to the next and to graduate with a bachelor degree.

Finlandia also hosts TRIO Pre-College Programs Upward Bound and Talent Search. The TRIO Pre College Programs exists to empower potential first-generation students and/or students from low-income homes to be successful in high school and prepare for college.


 Paavo Nurmi Center strenght and conditioning center.

All students are given free access to Finlandia’s gym, the Paavo Nurmi Center. Featuring free fitness classes, basketball courts, a cardio studio, saunas, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and a state-of-the art weight room, the Paavo Nurmi Center is a great asset to help students stay healthy.

In the event a student does fall ill or need assistance, our new Student Health Clinic offers basic healthcare needs, including mental health services. No health insurance? There’s a sliding fee scale available for students who don’t have coverage.



Affording textbooks and supplies can be a challenge for some students, but fortunately FinnU has solutions.


There are two computer labs on campus – Finn Hall and Maki Library – that provide free access to desktop computers for students to utilize.


FinnU is proud to host the Textbook Justice Program created by Finlandia faculty and staff. The Textbook Justice Program is for students who are in acute financial need and are unable to purchase textbooks will be able to borrow the books available in the Textbook Justice Library and use it all semester long.

The Finlandia Alumni Association is also committed to providing textbooks to students and have created the Alumni Association Textbook Awards. In 2019, the Finlandia Alumni Board awarded $250 for textbooks to 39 FinnU students to be put toward books and supplies. Student applications for the 2021 Textbook Award are now open HERE.



While not technically basic need, having fun is crucial to a good college experience. Finlandia offers students numerous free opportunities to get out, get involved, and have fun including free admission to athletic events, extracurricular clubs, broom ball, two art galleries and various events throughout the semester. Beyond campus, the Hancock/Houghton area features vast opportunities for exploration and free events. From Parade of Nations in the fall to Heikinpaiva in the winter, there’s always something happening, usually free of charge. Mere miles from the Lake Superior shoreline and home to an average of 300″ of snow per year, the Keweenaw Peninsula is a beautiful place to explore during any season.