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Nearly half of SVSU freshmen had their entire tuition paid for by scholarships and grants


At SVSU, we want everyone to obtain a first-class college education, regardless of income. Last year, 49% of SVSU freshmen had their entire tuition paid for by scholarships and grants that never have to be repaid.

The Cardinal Commitment assures qualifying first-time-in-college students that SVSU will step up with additional funding if your basic tuition costs exceed your grants and scholarships.

Estimate YOUR scholarship and grants!

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Get your OFFICIAL financial aid package

Starting July 1, before your final year of high school, you can complete three easy steps below to get your scholarships and grants.

1 Apply for Admission

Your first step in creating your future starts with applying to SVSU.

Applying is easy and it’s free!

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2 Send Your Transcript

Most high schools use to send transcripts. Search for yours at the link below.

Search for my Transcript*

*If your high school is not listed, then see your high school counselor to learn how your school submits transcripts to colleges.

3 Submit Your FAFSA

A very necessary step you need to do is complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application to verify your income. Use SVSU's code: 002314

Complete Your FAFSA

Cardinal Commitment Frequently Asked Questions

What is the SVSU Cardinal Commitment?
Who qualifies for the Cardinal Commitment?
How do I apply for this program?
How does this program affect my other financial aid?
How is the combined student and family adjusted gross income determined?
What assets are considered?
Do I need to submit a FAFSA? If so, when?
How do I know if I qualify for the SVSU Cardinal Commitment?
What can I do if I don’t qualify? What if our combined student and family AGI is over $50,000?
The income I reported on the FAFSA is no longer accurate, what can I do?
What costs does this program cover?
Does the SVSU Cardinal Commitment cover tuition in the spring/summer semester?
Are part-time students, currently-enrolled students, transfers, graduate students or students pursuing a second bachelor’s degree eligible?
Am I required to live on-campus to qualify for the SVSU Cardinal Commitment?
Does the program cover my entire time at SVSU?
Does the SVSU Cardinal Commitment automatically get renewed each year?

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