Michigan’s support for higher education receives a failing grade

A recent report gives Michigan’s support for higher education a failing grade. graduates

Michigan was graded in six categories including: cost of tuition, state spending per student, the burden placed on families, education as a state priority, state aid to students and racial equity in degree attainment.

Michigan has the 6th highest average in the nation when it comes to tuition and fees. It costs around $12,000 annually for an in state-student to attend a public university.

On average, Michigan provides $225 dollars in grant aid per college student. That is less than half of the national average.

Dan Hurley is the CEO of the President’s Council in Michigan. He says in Michigan, students and families are responsible for 70% of the cost of college.

“Certainly the college cost burden placed on Michigan families is high, and continues to increase. A lot of the discussion in recent years of course broadly around the issue of college affordability, but more tangibly the outcome of the family cost burden. It is very important that we addressed college affordability at the front end, in order to mitigate the increases we have seen in student debt loads at the back end” says Hurley.

He also says the report reflects a reality for college students.

“There essentially has been a gradual state to student cost shift in who pays for a public college education in this state. When you look at it going back to 2002, our universities are actually spending $800 less per full-time student, adjusted for inflation” says Hurley.

The report says Michigan needs to reinvest in higher education and provide more need-based financial aid.

The study was conducted by the Young Invincibles advocacy group, and can be found here.