2023 MSU Tollgate Financial Aid Application

MSU Tollgate Farm strives to provide opportunities for youth and adults of all income levels and welcomes a broad cross-section of participants to experience farm-based experiential learning. The goal of the financial aid committee is to provide as many youth and adults as possible with the opportunity to enrich learning and broaden their experiences. Funding is limited and applications are reviewed based on the needs of the participants, potential impact on their learning, cost of the program, and potential for meaningful collaboration.

Financial Aid Guidelines

The Financial Aid Committee determines eligibility for financial aid through a review of an individual's or family's income documentation, school data, and other criteria.

  • Applicants are asked to send a copy of their tax forms via US mail.
  • Applicants are encouraged to research grants, loans, and matching fund programs offered by their local governments, community organizations, foundations, banks, and employers.
  • Aid amounts vary depending upon the length and cost of the program and the family's income level.
  • Available funding is limited and financial aid will cover up to 50% of the registration cost.
  • Submitting a financial aid application does not guarantee receipt of aid.
  • Applicants may receive aid for up to 2 weeks of summer camp.
  • Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis or until all financial aid funds have been distributed.
  • Information provided on the financial aid application is reviewed by a financial aid committee made up of diverse community members, is kept confidential, and will be kept on file for one year.

If registering a child for a program or camp, please indicate in the notes that you have applied for financial aid. We will hold a space for your child until you have received notification from the committee. If financial aid is received, the remaining balance will be required upon notification. Upon completion of your financial aid application, notify the coordinator of the particular program.

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

  1. Register for program indicating that you will be applying for financial aid.
  2. Apply for financial aid at the appropriate link below.
  3. Send a copy of your current year's tax form to MSU Tollgate Farm, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi, MI 43877.
  4. Notify Ellen Koehler - koehle43@msu.edu or 248-701-9956 that you have completed this application.

Financial Aid Deadlines
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. If possible, please apply by the following deadlines:
Winter/Spring School Programs - April 15
Summer Camps - May 15
Fall School Programs - August 1
Incubator Program - January 1

Individual Application

Application for 2023 Financial Aid Application is open.

Application closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on December 31, 2023.

Group Application
This application is for groups, schools and organizations seeking financial assistance for Tollgate Farm and Education Center programs.

Application for 2023 Group Financial Aid Application is open.

Application closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on December 31, 2023.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding financial aid, please contact Ellen Koehler at koehle43@msu.edu.