MFB policy continues to be clear that a well-rounded education including college-prep or vocational/technical courses should be attainable for all students. Recently, the member-written policy was expanded to applaud the changes occurring at MSU’s agricultural technology program.
Governor Whitmer brought forward two new post-secondary education concepts. Both programs are aimed at helping to reach Whitmer’s goal of 60% of residents having college degrees or certificates by 2030:
With certain criteria to be met, the MI Reconnect program would provide re-training opportunities for residents over 25 years old and without an associates or higher degree.
Proposed to be operational in the fall semester of 2020, the MI Opportunity program is estimated to cost $80 - $100 million. For students graduating high school wanting to attend a community college, the program would pay for all mandatory costs not covered by other student grant programs. Average annual cost of community college is around $3,000. For students graduating high school and wanting to enter a 4-year institution, they must have a 3.0 GPA and household income of less than $80,000 to be eligible to receive up to $2,500 annually for two years to reduce tuition costs.
Contact: Rebecca Park | 517-679-5346
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