Press Release/Statement | February 10, 2023

TICAS Statement on Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s FY24 Budget Proposal

Author: Statement of Onjila Odeneal

“TICAS applauds Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s continued commitment to ensuring every student across the state receives the support that they need to thrive in their education and have an affordable pathway to higher education. We specifically appreciate the Governor’s investments in:

  • Improving access to tutoring to boost student preparedness for postsecondary study;
  • Prioritizing FAFSA completion by providing the resources necessary to support students and families in understanding and navigating the process;
  • Continued investments in the Michigan Reconnect and Michigan Achievement Scholarship programs, putting Michigan closer to having an affordable postsecondary pathway whenever they choose to pursue higher education and at whatever level up to and through a B.A. degree; and
  • Providing resources to fund intensive supports to boost student completion, to better meet students’ basic needs, to address students’ mental health needs, and more.

“Together, these investments will bolster student preparedness for postsecondary study, make a college or skilled trade education more affordable, and provide students critical additional supports to ensure they complete their degree or credential once they enroll.

“To augment the Governor’s investments, we highly recommend the legislature consider improving housing resources for community college students. Providing affordable and available housing for students on or near community college campuses will create stable learning and living environments, reduce transportation and other affordability barriers for students, enhance campus connection, and ultimately contribute to student success.

“We look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature to make these investments a reality for students this year and find ways to continue building on the momentum the state has created in strengthening support for students and families to get to and through college without relying on debilitating debt.”

Read TICAS Michigan’s fact sheet to see how the Governor’s and TICAS Michigan’s proposals align.