MCAN responds to bipartisan approval of funding for Michigan Achievement Scholarship
MCAN applauds the Michigan Senate and House on their approval of funding for the Michigan Achievement Scholarship. On Sept. 28, legislators passed the $560 million scholarship program, marking a historic investment in addressing the barrier of college affordability in Michigan. In its initial year, this increase will more than double the state's investment in student financial aid. Beginning with the class of 2023, high school graduates will be eligible for the following support at Michigan institutions:
- Up to $2,750 per student per year at community colleges and tribal colleges
- Up to $4,000 per student per year at private colleges or universities
- Up to $5,500 per student per year at public universities
To be eligible for the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, a student's expected family contribution on the FAFSA must be less than $25,000. This will cover 94% of students attending community colleges and tribal colleges, 79% of students attending private colleges or universities, and 76% of students attending public universities. The scholarships will be a combination of first dollar and last dollar awards. The bill now awaits Gov. Whitmer's signature.
“Our state’s future depends on having a workforce that is ready for tomorrow’s jobs,” said Ryan Fewins-Bliss, MCAN executive director. “This historic investment will expand postsecondary access and lower barriers for students across Michigan — especially low-income students, first-generation college-going students, and students of color. By moving the state toward our shared Sixty by 30 goal, we can help build a brighter future for all Michiganders.”