Applying to College

When applying to college, we want you to have all the tools you need. Here you will find information about taking the SAT and ACT assessments and how to apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Your high school counselor can also assist with information on how to apply to college. In addition, the counselors can give you information about colleges, let you know when colleges will be visiting your school, help you plan college visits, and provide you with information about scholarships and other types of financial aid.

Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) External Link

Michigan College Access NetworkMichigan College Access Network aims to help students in Michigan access and attain college certificates and degrees — the foundation for success in a knowledge-based economy — so they can achieve a lifetime of their own goals, both economically and intellectually.

The following links will take you to alphabetical lists of Michigan colleges and universities along with their specific resources for Admissions, Financial Aid & Scholarships, Academic Programs & Campus information as well as Contact information. 

External LinkColleges A - D
External LinkColleges E - M
External LinkColleges N - W

Michigan Colleges 
Here you'll find a list of all 84 public and private, 2-year and 4-year colleges in Michigan. You can find institution-specific information, such as admissions and financial aid, by navigating through the tabs at the top of the page.

Fee Waiver List 
This document has information for what colleges are fee-free and when for the 2022-2023 school year. 


SAT and ACT Information

The SAT and ACT are college admission exams used around the world as a measure of College Readiness. Some colleges have become test-optional, and you will need to check the admissions requirements webpage of each college or university that you are interested in to determine their admission requirements. 

The SAT and ACT are offered several times a year. At least half of all students take the SAT and/or ACT twice—in the spring of their junior year and in the fall of their senior year, to try to improve their score. 

Fee waivers are available to students that demonstrate financial need (free and reduced lunch) for both tests. Visit your counseling office for testing schedules, test centers and fee waivers.  


Testing Resources

External LinkKhan Academy - Free personalized SAT practice tests

External - Official SAT practice exam and test prep booklet


Visiting Colleges

Visit the links below for information on student and family visits to colleges and universities. Many schools take students on-campus visits throughout the year, and college representatives visit schools to talk with students. Students can also take a virtual tour of their dream school or other schools they are interested in by checking their websites. Or, make your plans today - see which school fits your child best! See your school's Counseling website for more information:

Counseling Offices


Financial Aid

Learn how financial aid works and use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.

External LinkFinancial Aid Shopping Sheet
External LinkStudent Aid
External LinkCollege Payment Calculator
External LinkMore FAFSA Information


College Resources

External LinkCollege Scorecard
External LinkCollege Admissions
External LinkKhan Academy - Admissions Essays
External LinkKhan Academy - Exploring College Options
External LinkCollege Navigator
External LinkCollege Knowledge Materials