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Non-Discrimination Educational Policy

The Michigan Jewish Institute admits students to its degree programs without unlawful discrimination to race, religion, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, handicap, national origin, height, weight, or other protected classifications, granting all the rights, privileges, programs, utilization’s, benefits and other activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Institute.

The Michigan Jewish Institute admits qualified men of the Jewish faith to the certificate program in Talmudic Law and Jurisprudence, without unlawful discrimination to race, color, age, marital status, disability/handicap, national origin, height, weight, or other protected classifications, granting all the rights, privileges, programs, utilization’s, benefits and other activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Institute.

The Michigan Jewish Institute expressly forbids unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment in admission, training and treatment of students, education and educational opportunities, the use of Institute facilities, and the awarding of contracts.


Michigan Jewish Institute is a senior college accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award Associate and Bachelor degrees and other academic certificates.

ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education. Its accreditation of degree-granting institutions is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

ACICS can be reached at:

750 First Street, NE, Suite 980, Washington, DC 20002-4241
Tel: (202) 336-6780
Fax: (202) 842-2593

MJI also is licensed by the following two agencies of the State of Michigan.

Michigan Department of Education
608 West Allegan Street, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909
Tel: (517) 373-3324
Fax: (517) 373-2759

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
P.O. Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909
Tel: (517) 373-1820
Fax: (517) 373-2759

Documents related to MJI’s accreditation and licensing may be reviewed by faculty, students, prospective students and other interested parties by clicking here.

Gainful Employment Programs:

Please see MJI’s Gainful Employment Disclosures by clicking on the following link or pasting it into your browser.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Key Concepts and Definitions

The first critical concept revolves around the definition of an academic year. For purposes of federal financial aid programs at Michigan Jewish Institute, an academic year is a period of time (normally a minimum of 30 weeks within an award year (see below) during which a full-time student is expected to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours. Part-time enrollment will be prorated.

Award Year refers to the specific enrollment period. The "normal" award year at Michigan Jewish Institute runs from July 1st through the following June 30th. The typical award year at Michigan Jewish Institute includes Fall, Winter and Spring Semesters. Financial aid is usually based on the 30 week academic year with completion of two of the three semesters.

For a complete review of financial aid statistics for the MJI student base, please go to: College Navigator

Annual Maximum Awards:

For the 2013-2014 award year, the maximum Pell Grant award was $5,645 for an undergraduate enrolled on a full-time basis.

  • The amount depends not only on financial need, but also on the cost to attend school, the enrollment status as a full-time or part-time student and whether the student attends the full academic year.

For the 2014-2015 award year the maximum Pell Grant is $5,730 for students enrolled on a full-time, full-year basis.

  • The maximum amount can change each award year and depends on program funding and the family yearly income circumstances reported on the yearly completed FAFSA.

Eligibility Limit and Disbursement:

For the First Scheduled Pell Grant Award a student must:

  • Be Pell Grant eligible
  • Be enrolled at any enrollment status (full-time, 3/4 time, 1/2 time or less than 1/2 time)
  • The amounts received will count toward the aggregate lifetime limit of 18 full-time semesters

Students must annually complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid "FAFSA" to apply for all federal financial aid programs. This includes the Federal Pell Grant Program. The Pell Grant Program is a need-based grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Grants do no have to be repaid unless the student does not follow the federal guidelines governing attendance and completion of classes or has received the Pell Grant by providing false information.


Financial Assistance Office

MJI strives to offer an educational opportunity to as many qualified students as possible. Therefore, MJI participates in a number of financial assistance programs to help students with their educational expenses. Assistance consists of grants, scholarships, loans and student employment. MJI Financial assistance is funded by federal and state governments, MJI or private agencies.

You may arrange a private consultation interview at MJI to discuss personal financial assistance alternatives.

If you encounter any difficulties or have questions at any time during the application process or as a student receiving financial aid, please feel free to contact the MJI Financial Aid office at The financial aid office hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Sunday through Thursday. The office can be reached by phone at 248-414-6900, extension 102.

Assistance consists of grants, loans, scholarships, and college employment and may be funded by the federal or state governments, MJI, or private agencies. (Students admitted to the Cooperative Computing program should see their faculty advisors for detailed information on available CC aid programs described below.)

Financial assistance will be applied to the student’s account when verification (if required) is complete and the drop/add period has ended. A check will be issued to the student for any excess amount unless otherwise requested by the student. Checks will be distributed after the funds are received by MJI.

Instructions for Applying for Federal financial Aid On-Line

Instruction for return Students applying for Federal Financial Aid On-Line

Financial Aid Links:

The following are links to websites/documents you will need to apply for financial aid or find additional sources of funding:

The US Department of Education - The PIN Web Site

The US Department of Education - The FAFSA Web Site

The US Department of Education - Student Aid on the Web

FastWeb - Scholarships and Financial Aid for College Students

Scholarship Monkey - a free service for students and parents wishing to obtain scholarship information for academic pursuits.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under applicable programs of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. However, these rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 (emancipation) or attends a school beyond the high school level.

Generally, schools must have written permission from an emancipated student or the parent of a minor student in order to release any information from a student's education record. MJI has information release authorization forms available for those who wish to permit the release of otherwise protected student information. Please be aware when anyone other than the student contacts us, MJI personnel are unable to discuss confidential academic information with them about any student unless we have written permission from that student to discuss such matters.

Principles Regarding Disclosure to Parents from FERPA Guidelines

When a student turns 18 years old or enters a post secondary institution at any age, all rights afforded to parents under FERPA transfer to the student. However, FERPA also provides ways in which schools may share information with parents without the student’s consent. For example:

Schools may disclose education records to parents if the student is a dependent for income tax purposes.

Schools may disclose education records to parents if a health or safety emergency involves their son or daughter.

Schools may inform parents if the student who is under age 21 has violated any law or its policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance.

Finally, at its discretion MJI may provide “directory information” in accordance with FERPA. Directory information is defined as that information which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Designated directory information at MJI includes but may not be limited to: student’s name, address, telephone listing, and email address. Students may block the public disclosure of any directory information by notifying the Office of the Registrar in writing of the specific information to be blocked.

NB: Requests to block directory information by students have significant consequences. A non-disclosure block will require that MJI not release the blocked information to any third-party requesting the information until the student revokes the block in writing. MJI assumes no liability as a result of honoring a student’s written directory information block. For example, MJI will refuse to provide information about a student to a potential employer if the student has blocked release of the requested information.

For additional information on FERPA or to obtain release forms, please contact the MJI Office of Academic Administration. Additional information and guidance also may be found at the U.S. Department of Education, Family Policy Compliance Office’s Web site at: Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO)

Weather Related and Other Emergency College Closings

The lack of predictability in Michigan weather occasionally results in unexpected college closings. This can happen due to spring storms and winter snow. Unfortunately, in addition to serious weather related emergencies, rare breaches in a school’s security defenses can occur. MJI has arranged with WWJ news radio 950AM to announce to its local community whenever MJI is closed under emergency conditions. MJI will notify This will result in notification to local news, TV and radio stations. To obtain this information:

  1. Listen to local TV or radio stations.
  2. Register at to get email of school delays,closings and other related information.
  3. MJI will send an email to student and staff MJI email addresses.
  4. MJI will send a text message to cell phones of staff and students if that information has been provided.

For emergencies related to those at a distance from MJI’s physical campus and campus additions, MJI assigns every staff member, instructor and student with a MJI email account. This permits MJI to immediately email the entire student population along with other MJI personnel with any urgent or emergent information that could impact their personal safety or security. MJI’s IT staff routinely keep up with these forms of technology and will make use of emerging methods that can more quickly and assuredly inform the MJI community anywhere in the world with access to their MJI email accounts.

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