“TICAS applauds the recent budget proposals for higher education made by the Michigan legislature. College enrollment fell dramatically during the pandemic, especially hurting students from low-income communities. These problems were compounded by the fact that Michigan has the highest median tuition and fees in the Midwest but spends less on need-based financial aid per student than every state but Ohio. The proposed budgets increase the amount of fees covered by the Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) – the most targeted of the state grant programs – by 80%, create a new scholarship for students impacted by the pandemic, provide clearer information for students on the actual price of college, increase operational funding for public colleges, and invest in student support services.
“These proposals are a strong step to achieving the state’s Sixty by 30 goal and ensuring that every Michigander has an opportunity to pursue a postsecondary education. We look forward to continuing to work with our state partners to help achieve that goal.”
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