you need to know...
Michigan Association of Collegiate
Registrars and Admissions Officers
(MACRAO) Transfer Agreement is a
stamp issued by the community college
for completion of general education
courses. Students transferring to Ferris
State University with MACRAO will
have met the lower-division general
education communication competency;
scientific understanding; cultural
enrichment; social awareness; race,
ethnicity and gender; and global
In order to complete the general
education requirements for a bachelor’s
degree, students with MACRAO must
still complete math proficiency and
upper-level communication competency
requirements (such as ENGL 311,
ENGL 321, 323, 325, or WICs).
It is important to discuss with your
Ferris advisor to determine how
the MACARO fits within your
Your responsibilities as a
Must be admitted to a statewide
or online aid-eligible, off-campus
Must change the school code on the
FAFSA to the Ferris code (002260) if
you have previously received financial
aid from another school.
Must be admitted and registered
at the approved community college
at that location for classes to be
approved on your consortium form.
Must submit an online consortium
form for every semester enrolled at
the community college. All community
college classes must be applicable to
the Ferris program.
Must submit the required consortium
form each semester before aid can be
disbursed. Consortium forms should be
submitted before the semester begins
and when your community college
schedule is finalized.
Must submit payment to the
community college for any tuition,
fees, books, etc. Financial aid will apply
to all Ferris charges first. If applicable,
a refund will be issued for any
remaining funds. Some community
colleges may hold classes until financial
aid refunds are issued. Ferris does
not pay any financial aid directly to
the community college.
Enrolling in a statewide or online program as a
consortium student has many benefits:
LOCATION! Take Ferris classes online or at an approved local community
college and apply the credits towards a Ferris degree.
Take 50-70% of your credits at the community college, and ultimately
receive a Ferris State University degree.
Pay the community college rates for 50-70% of your Ferris degree –
a substantial savings for community college classes.
Employer Tuition Reimbursement, Michigan Works!, and TIP can all be
accessed at statewide and online locations.
Transfer plans for Ferris programs provide an easy transfer process.
Have access to scholarships designed specifically for statewide
and online students.
Through a consortium agreement, you can recieve financial aid for
courses at the community college that are applicable to a Ferris degree.
Courses not applicable to a Ferris degree do not qualify for financial aid.
Admissions, academic, and financial aid advisors are available for guidance.
Ferris off-campus course offerings are in high-demand programs.
For a listing of all available programs, see
As a consortium student, will my CC grades be counted
toward my Ferris GPA?
No, only Ferris classes will be factored into your GPA.
Who should fill out a consortium form?
All students in a statewide or online aid-eligible off-campus/consortium
program should submit a consortium form for every semester registered at
the CC. Only approved CC credits will be processed under the consortium
transfer policy. Completion of the consortium form is the way students
communicate to the Financial Aid Office, on a semester basis, that they are
taking community college courses which apply to their Ferris degree.
Can past credit be processed under the Consortium Transfer Policy?
No, past course work will not be processed under this policy.
Do I need to be receiving financial aid to submit a consortium form?
No, you can be a consortium student and not be receiving financial aid.
If I get a D in a CC course and it transfers in under the Consortium
Transfer Policy, will I have satisfied that course requirement?
Not necessarily; whether or not the approved courses fulfill academic
program requirements is dependent on University and academic program
standards (i.e.: most programs require a 300 level English course). The
ENGL 200 equivalent course must transfer in as a C to meet the pre-requisite
for the 300 level course).
Will a CC course that was not approved on my consortium form,
fall under the consortium transfer policy?
No, when transferring classes that were not approved, the Ferris Transfer