Michigan Family Independence Program (FIP)


The Family Independence Program (FIP) provides cash assistance to low-income families with minor children as well as pregnant women.

Under current Michigan law, you cannot receive FIP for more than 48 months in your lifetime, with some exceptions.

As a condition of eligibility, you are required to complete the Family Automated Screening Tool (FAST) and develop a Family Self-Sufficiency Plan (FSSP).1

This plan will list the work activities that you must do up to 40 hours per week to receive cash assistance.


To find out if you’re eligible, go to MI Bridges, where you can apply for cash assistance, check your eligibility status and manage your account online.

When eligible for cash assistance, deposits will be made to your EBT account, known as Michigan Bridge Card, twice per month.

In addition to cash assistance, Michigan’s DHS also offers child care, food or state emergency relief assistance.


  1. How do you qualify for cash assistance in Michigan?