By Jordan Scenna
Most community college students eligible up to $2,750 per year
Michigan lawmakers have passed a bipartisan supplemental package to fund economic development and provide graduate scholarships. Students attending a community college will receive up to $2,750 per year for up to three years, or $5,500 for a public university for up to five years. Students must maintain “adequate academic progress” to retain the scholarship.
Approved last week, The Michigan Achievement Scholarship is designed to help Governor Gretchen Whitmer reach her “60 by 30” goal, which would see 60% of working adults have a college degree or trades certificate by 2030.
Beginning with the Class of 2023, students whose families have an “expected family contribution” of less than $25,000 are eligible for the scholarship. This should cover 94% of students attending a community college and 76% of students attending a public university.
Since 2012, enrollment in public universities has declined by nearly 46,000 students, according to bridgemi.com’s report. The scholarship is intended to encourage high school students who fear getting into debt to pursue an education.
The scholarship is expected to cost the state $169 million for the 2023-24 school year and $562 million over the next four years. This is an inconsequential sum according to Michigan Senator Jeff Irwin, a Democrat from Ann Arbor.
“It’s going to help a lot of young kids get to college, it’s going to help our economy, and it’s going to be good for a lot of people in our state,” Irwin said.