Whitmer joins lawmaker to roll out higher education plan

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is calling for more access to higher education in Michigan.

The governor, along with State Rep. Sheryl Kennedy of Davison, today announed the MI Opportunity Inititative, a plan to provide universal access to afforable higher education for Michigan students.

In her budget pitch to the Legislature, Whitmer challenged lawmakers to expand access to community colleges and students pursuing skilled trades careers.

The MI Opportunity Initiative would provide last-dollar tuition assistance to eligible students for up to three years of community college, or until the student earns 60 semester credits, and/or an associate degree.  

Low- or middle-income students with a B-average enrolling in a four-year college/university would also be able to apply for tuition assistance to make college more affordable and lower their student debt load. 

Rep. Kennedy’s bill has been moved to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration.

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