Siena Heights University is excited to announce the Brain Gain Promise, a tuition-free guarantee for eligible Lenawee County high school graduates.  

Siena Heights is committed to reversing “brain drain” in Michigan. This program is meant to encourage more Michiganders to consider earning a college degree, in Michigan, and eventually to work in the state. To be eligible, a student must be a Lenawee County resident, or graduate from a Lenawee County high school. Students with a total household income of less than $65,000 are eligible for the full tuition discount, which includes all federal and state eligibility, while students with a household income of less than $80,000 will pay less than $10,000 a year, which includes all federal and state eligibility. Additionally, the Lenawee County graduate must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 1, and maintain full-time enrollment status for both Fall and Winter semesters.

By increasing Lenawee County students’ access to quality and affordable higher education, Siena Heights hopes to bolster the connections and opportunities that come through internships, experiential and service learning, and more. As students continue to engage with their communities, they develop the skills they need to succeed in the workforce after graduating.

“Accessibility and choice are important factors of Brain Gain. Students should have the opportunity to choose the school that is right for them, regardless of their financial background,” said Dr. Douglas Palmer, President of Siena Heights University. “With greater access to educational facilities, resources, and funding through opportunities like our Brain Gain Promise, students are more likely to stay in-state and help Michigan flourish.”

In addition, Siena Heights hopes to strengthen the connection of graduates to their communities, assisting them in fulfilling the university’s mission of “assisting people to become more competent, purposeful, and ethical through a teaching and learning environment which respects the dignity of all.”

Further information on scholarship opportunities at Siena Heights, as well as more information on the Brain Gain Promise, can be found at To apply, please visit and direct any questions to or 517-264-7180.