Michigan Family Independence Program (FIP)

Updated June 27, 2019

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

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

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

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



  • How do I qualify for welfare in Michigan?

    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.

    An eligibility determination will be made usually within 45 days after completing the application process.

  • How much does welfare pay in Michigan?

    How much money you get from welfare in Michigan largely depends upon your family’s income and size. For example, a single mother of two with no income may receive up to a maximum of $492 per month.

  • How long can you be on welfare in Michigan?

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

When eligible for cash assistance, deposits will be made to your EBT account, known as Michigan Bridge Card, twice per month. You may use the card to withdraw cash at any ATM with the Quest sign.1

  1. There is no transaction fee for the first four withdrawals in a month. You will have to pay a transaction fee for each ATM withdrawal after the fourth one in a month. []