FAQs

Does MSU GATE have any programs for elementary school students?

MSU GATE has the GUPPY program for grades 3-4 and grades 5-6 (different classes for each grade range). The GUPPY program is a choice of three different weekend  and one week program in the summer.

How do I apply for GATE programs?

All program applications are completed online. Reference the How to Apply page for an overview of the application process.

When is the Application Deadline?

Application deadlines vary by locations and programs. Please see specific program pages for dates.

What are the Application Fees?

$50 non-refundable application fee for all programs. 

Is my school district responsible for the costs of any programs?

You will need to check with your school's business office staff to learn if financial assistance is available.

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

You can apply for Financial Aid within the GATEway online application system. A copy of your current tax return is also required - see the form for details. Please view the Financial Aid page to see if you qualify for assistance.

What types of standardized tests will be accepted?

The required standardized tests for all programs are the SAT, ACT, or CogAT. The GUPPY program has additional acceptable tests. (Please see the test and score requirements under each program on the GATE website, www.gifted.msu.edu). An IQ test can also be submitted in place of standardized test scores.

How do I schedule an ACT, SAT, or CogAT test?

Visit the ACT and SAT Testing page for more information. Visit the CogAT Testing page for more information.

What if I don't meet the minimum test score?

Your other application materials will be reviewed and considered. However, there is no guarantee that you will be accepted into the program without the necessary test scores. Although students may meet the minimum requirements, it does not guarantee acceptance. All applications will go through a holistic review process.

How are Academic Year program grades reported to my school?

CHAMP / ISHALL / ALL / LEAF / M.A.N.G.A. (including MSU and Southeast Michigan locations): Semester grades will be sent via e-mail to your school and your parents.

How do I request a replacement GATE transcript?

Email gifted@msu.edu for a replacement GATE transcript. This can take up to 30 business days to receive the replacement transcript.

What is MSU's Tax ID number?

38-6005984

MSU GATE tuition is NOT undergraduate level tuition and should not be filed as such. Families will not receive a 1098-T or other tax documentation for GATE tuition costs.

How do I get a copy of my tuition receipt?

Tuition receipts are sent via email at the time of payment. Duplicate tuition receipts will not be resent. Parents and guardians are responsible for maintaining the original receipts.