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LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Whitmer today released a budget proposal that demonstrates her continued support of the state’s Sixty by 30 certificate and degree attainment goal. At a time of great financial uncertainty, Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) applauds the governor’s commitment to Michigan students — especially low-income students, first-generation college-going students and students of color.

The proposed budget includes increased funding for the Michigan Reconnect and Futures for Frontliners scholarship programs, which cover tuition and fees at Michigan community and tribal colleges for adult learners and essential workers. It also includes $3 million in grants to support college completion efforts. Michigan’s public higher education institutions are proposed to see a 2% increase in funding, and continued funding for MCAN’s college access work is also included.

“Our economic recovery from the pandemic depends on having a workforce that is ready for tomorrow’s jobs, and we’re encouraged to see increased support for Michigan Reconnect and Futures for Frontliners in the governor’s proposal.” said Ryan Fewins-Bliss, MCAN executive director. “MCAN is excited to continue working with the governor to move toward our Sixty by 30 goal, and we encourage the legislature to keep this commitment to postsecondary education in the final budget and to remain focused on equitable outcomes for all students.”

Read the education recommendations in the proposed budget here.