college http://michiganradio.org en Kalamazoo Promise expanding to private Michigan colleges http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-promise-expanding-private-michigan-colleges <p>The <a href="https://www.kalamazoopromise.com/">Kalamazoo Promise </a>is expanding to include more than a dozen private colleges in Michigan.</p><p>The Promise provides scholarship money for Kalamazoo public school students to attend college. Until now, the Promise has made it possible for students to afford only public colleges and universities.&nbsp;</p><p>But today, the Promise’s Janice Brown announced 15 schools, including Detroit Mercy, Hillsdale College, Hope College and Adrian College, will start matching Promise scholarships beginning in the fall of 2015.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:59:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 17934 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo Promise expanding to private Michigan colleges More Michigan families saving to cover their kids’ college expenses http://michiganradio.org/post/more-michigan-families-saving-cover-their-kids-college-expenses <p></p><p>More parents and grandparents are setting up savings accounts to cover college expenses for the next generation, according to a national report released today.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:51:27 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17163 at http://michiganradio.org More Michigan families saving to cover their kids’ college expenses Lawmakers want a 'pay-it-forward' college tuition system in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-want-pay-it-forward-college-tuition-system-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A pair of bills in the Michigan House and Senate are setting their sights on getting rid of tuition bills. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rather than paying off installments on a loan package, the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> proposed legislation would allow students to pay off school with a fixed percent of their future incomes — as long as their income is above the federal poverty line. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A $2 million pilot pro</span>gram would be established to fund 200 students at community colleges and public four-year universities.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From David Jesse of the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140319/NEWS06/303190038/Pay-it-forward-Plan-would-allow-Michigan-students-to-attend-college-for-free-">Detroit Free Press</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So a student who went to the University of Michigan and graduated in four years would have to pay 4 percent of his or her income back every year for 20 years.</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The so-called “pay-it-forward” bills have gained some legislative popularity after </span><a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/pay-it-forward-oregon-college-tuition-99695.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Oregon </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">launched a study last July to examine the feasibility of such a proposal.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan joins Oregon, Florida, Washington, and some 20 other states considering the "go now, pay later" plan.</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:02:41 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16899 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmakers want a 'pay-it-forward' college tuition system in Michigan Is college always the best choice for high school grads? http://michiganradio.org/post/college-always-best-choice-high-school-grads <p>This is the time of year when many high school juniors are taking their ACTs and scheduling campus tours. And high school seniors are looking in the mailbox for college acceptance letters and – hopefully –financial aid packages.</p><p>There are many in Michigan who believe that heading to college is the key to a successful life for these kids. There's plenty of evidence that young adults with that four-year degree will do better in terms of employment and wages than their peers with some college, or a two-year degree, or only a high school diploma.</p><p>But there is another side to the discussion – the one that raises the question: Is college truly the right choice for all high school grads? Are we overlooking the opportunities offered by skilled trades and other careers that do not require a degree?</p><p>Glenda Price is the former president of Marygrove College in Detroit and is now the president of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. And Lou Glazer is the president of Michigan Future, Inc. They both joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:54:22 +0000 Stateside Staff 16643 at http://michiganradio.org Is college always the best choice for high school grads? College without textbooks http://michiganradio.org/post/college-without-textbooks <p>The rising cost of college textbooks is leading more students to opt out of purchasing them altogether.</p><p>A new report suggests many students are missing out on some educational opportunities by not buying textbooks.</p><p>Ethan Senack is a higher education associate with the Public Interest Research Group, which wrote the report.</p><p>He says the good news is that students are ready for alternatives to the traditional textbook model.</p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 21:53:00 +0000 Vincent Duffy 16363 at http://michiganradio.org College without textbooks We are starving our future in Michigan by not investing in higher education http://michiganradio.org/post/we-are-starving-our-future-michigan-not-investing-higher-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yesterday, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-out-reach-most-michiganders-can-new-president-help?nopop=1">I talked about the challenges the University of Michigan’s new president faces</a>. One of those is, of course, the fact that it is becoming increasingly difficult to afford an education.</span></p><p>That provoked a lot of reaction, and I was surprised by the tone of a lot of it.</p><p>Specifically, many people feel that especially with the lagging economy, it makes no sense for students to study things that won’t clearly pay off in a job.</p><p>"There's nothing wrong with art appreciation. There are plenty of books, DVDs and YouTube clips out there," one man said. But he thought it was outrageous that someone would spend a vast amount of money on something "that will turn out to be a nice hobby," and then "complain about the lack of job opportunities." Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:38:56 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16291 at http://michiganradio.org We are starving our future in Michigan by not investing in higher education Michigan college grads facing increasing student loan debt http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-college-grads-facing-increasing-student-loan-debt <p>A new report shows <a href="http://projectonstudentdebt.org/state_by_state-view2013.php?area=MI">Michigan college students are carrying a lot of student loan debt.</a></p><p>The <a href="http://projectonstudentdebt.org/files/pub/Student_Debt_and_the_Class_of_2012_NR.pdf">Institute for College Access and Success</a> says Michigan college graduates who earned bachelor’s degrees in 2012 owed nearly $29,000 in student loans.</p><p>Debbie Cochran is with the institute. She blames the recession and declining government support for forcing students to borrow more to pay for college.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:58:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15543 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan college grads facing increasing student loan debt Do Michigan's colleges need to focus more on the state than the 'global community'? http://michiganradio.org/post/do-michigans-colleges-need-focus-more-state-global-community <p>Are Michigan colleges and universities so focused outward&nbsp;that they have become "placeless"? Are families being needlessly fractured by a growing emphasis on global engagement, and a move away from local involvement and commitment?</p><p>Jeffrey Polet, a professor of political science at Hope College in Holland thinks so. In a <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2013/11/at-college-gaining-the-world-but-losing-a-home/">column</a> for Bridge Magazine&nbsp;Polet argues that Michigan’s “hallowed halls may lead to the world, but they also contribute to the fracturing of communities.”</p><p>Polet talks to us about what he’s seen that caused him to write his piece, and where his criticism lies.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em><br /> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:20:12 +0000 Stateside Staff 15244 at http://michiganradio.org Do Michigan's colleges need to focus more on the state than the 'global community'? Public universities and colleges in Michigan could be in trouble http://michiganradio.org/post/public-universities-and-colleges-michigan-could-be-trouble <p>What does the future hold for public universities?</p><p>A recent report from Moody&#39;s suggests the future is very uncertain for public universities: enrollment is flat, revenue is stagnant, and expenses grew nearly twice as fast as inflation.</p><p>Are public colleges on a &quot;path to economic oblivion,&quot; as the Chronicle of Higher Education puts it? And how are Michigan&#39;s public colleges and universities faring?</p><p>Dan Hurley grew up and was educated in Michigan. Today he is with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, where he&#39;s the Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis. He joined us today from Washington.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:56:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 14746 at http://michiganradio.org Public universities and colleges in Michigan could be in trouble In this morning's headlines: Shutdown, money for college grads, Common Core funding http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-shutdown-money-college-grads-common-core-funding <p><strong>Michigan and the shutdown</strong></p><p>&quot;As the federal government shutdown heads into day three, half a dozen national nature preserves in Michigan are now closed. Michigan is in the process of identifying thousands of state employees whose jobs are paid for with federal funds. State budget officials say they will have to be laid off if the federal shutdown lasts for more than two weeks. Food and cash assistance programs could also run out of money,&quot; Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>College grads that stay in Michigan could get a tax break</strong></p><p>&quot;College graduates who choose to stay in Michigan would get a tax break under a bill in the state Senate. The plan would affect students who earn a four-year degree from a Michigan college or university. They could get up to half of what they pay in student loans back when they file their yearly income taxes,&quot; Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Federal money at risk if Common Core is not funded in Michigan</strong></p><p>&quot;State education officials say more than a billion dollars of federal school funding is at risk as the state Senate debates a set of nationwide school standards. The state budget that took effect this week bars the Michigan Department of Education from spending any money to implement the Common Core standards,&quot; Jake Neher reports.</p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 11:16:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14700 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Shutdown, money for college grads, Common Core funding College dorms opening at campuses around Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/college-dorms-opening-campuses-around-michigan <p>EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Get out the laundry carts: students are returning to college dorms.<br><br>More than 7,000 freshmen at Michigan State University begin moving in Sunday while other students check in Monday. Classes start Wednesday in East Lansing.<br><br>In Marquette, classes start Monday at Northern Michigan University. Wayne State University in Detroit is welcoming freshmen on Saturday, with sophomore, juniors and seniors following on Sunday.<br> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 17:58:50 +0000 The Associated Press 14130 at http://michiganradio.org How students are reacting to the raise in tuition and interest rates in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/how-students-are-reacting-raise-tuition-and-interest-rates-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">College students in Michigan got some unwelcome news over the past week: tuition is going up at many universities and colleges, and interest rates on some of their loans will double.</span></p><p>This one-two punch of soaring costs and rising debt is being felt in many homes around Michigan.</p><p>There are more than 300,000 students in Michigan with federal loans. And the number of people taking out student loans and the amount they borrow continues to climb.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:56:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 13344 at http://michiganradio.org How students are reacting to the raise in tuition and interest rates in Michigan Wayne State says no choice but to raise tuition beyond state cap http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-state-says-no-choice-raise-tuition-beyond-state-cap <p>You’ll have to pay an additional $900 a year to be a Wayne State student next school year.</p><p>The university is raising tuition by 8.9%.</p><p>That’s especially tough on a student body that’s almost entirely from in-state.</p><p>And it’s a dramatic move for the school.</p><p>This year, every other public university in Michigan is playing along with a state deal: schools get access to an extra pool of state money, <em>if</em> they cap tuition hikes at 3.75%.</p><p>But that incentive isn’t enough to make up for deeper cuts from the state. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:26:23 +0000 Kate Wells 13275 at http://michiganradio.org Wayne State says no choice but to raise tuition beyond state cap Forget a modest increase, tuition might jump significantly at Wayne State http://michiganradio.org/post/forget-modest-increase-tuition-might-jump-significantly-wayne-state <p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/which-michigan-colleges-are-raising-tuition-how-much">We've heard about the tuition increases for other public universities in Michigan</a>.</p><p>Tomorrow, the board of regents for Wayne State University will vote on that school's increase.</p><p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130625/NEWS02/306250068/Wayne-State-University-to-seek-major-tuition-increase">David Jesse over at the Detroit Free Press</a> reports it could be a big one:</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:11:16 +0000 Mark Brush 13244 at http://michiganradio.org Forget a modest increase, tuition might jump significantly at Wayne State Michigan facing a lawsuit over student loan program http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-facing-lawsuit-over-student-loan-program <p>The state of Michigan is facing a potential class action lawsuit over a student loan program.</p><p></p><p>Beginning in 2003, the Michigan Students First loan program offered college students an interest rate subsidy after their first 36 on-time loan payments, effectively reducing their interest rate to zero.</p><p></p><p>But in 2010, the subsidy was ended.</p><p></p><p>Attorney Jeff Hank says that left thousands of Michigan college students having to pay more in student loans than they had originally planned.</p><p></p> Sun, 09 Jun 2013 17:13:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12944 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan facing a lawsuit over student loan program College grads could get tax credit for loans if they stay in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/college-grads-could-get-tax-credit-loans-if-they-stay-michigan <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - New legislation would give college graduates an income tax credit for their student loans if they stay in Michigan after graduation.<br><br>The credit would be equal to half the amount paid on qualified student loans in a tax year but couldn't exceed 20 percent of the average annual tuition at Michigan's public universities. To be eligible, students would have to be a state resident, a graduate of a Michigan university and have earned a bachelor's degree.<br><br>Democratic Senator Glenn Anderson of Westland says his <a href="http://legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28l4o20c45eq131fe5xq3socyi%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectName=2013-SB-0408">bill introduced last week</a> gives graduates an incentive to stay in Michigan and helps address the "brain drain" of grads leaving the state. His legislation is backed by Democrats along with a couple Republicans in the GOP-led Senate.</p><p> Sun, 09 Jun 2013 14:35:32 +0000 The Associated Press 12960 at http://michiganradio.org College grads could get tax credit for loans if they stay in Michigan Classes count towards high school diploma and college degree under new pilot program http://michiganradio.org/post/classes-count-towards-high-school-diploma-and-college-degree-under-new-pilot-program <p>Juniors and seniors at Rockford High School will be able to earn up to 30 credit hours at Ferris State University for free in a pilot program announced today.</p><p>Say you’re taking calculus at Rockford High School, when you get to college, you could test out of calculus but you wouldn't get any credits.</p><p>The pilot program differs from dual enrollment programs.</p><p>If a student passes a single calculus class, it will count toward both their high school diploma and their college degree.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:09:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12880 at http://michiganradio.org Classes count towards high school diploma and college degree under new pilot program Survey: Michigan small businesses want changes to graduation standards http://michiganradio.org/post/survey-michigan-small-businesses-want-changes-graduation-standards <p>Small business owners want Michigan to make its curriculum standards for high school students more flexible.</p><p>The state passed broad standards in 2006 for all students. They are supposed to ensure all students are ready for college.</p><p>The Michigan Merit Curriculum requires four years of math and English language arts; three years of science and social studies; and two years of a foreign language. Complete <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/FAQ_-_Entire_Document_12.07_217841_7.pdf">standards are outlined here</a>.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:00:55 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11997 at http://michiganradio.org Survey: Michigan small businesses want changes to graduation standards Michigan colleges struggle when students drop out, keep aid http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-colleges-struggle-when-students-drop-out-keep-aid <p>DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Michigan colleges are stuck with a bill worth millions of dollars when students with federal grants drop out but keep the cash.<br><br>The Detroit Free Press says Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn likely will raise tuition, partly to repay $4.1 million to the federal government. Spokesman Gary Erwin says two-year colleges have been hit "particularly hard."<br> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 22:47:22 +0000 The Associated Press 11274 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan colleges struggle when students drop out, keep aid Stateside: Gender neutral housing at universities http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-gender-neutral-housing-universities <p>Universities across the country are opening up campus housing to transgender students and it's happening right here in Michigan.</p><p>The University of Michigan housing has announced it will set aside a block of gender neutral rooms for transgender and gender non-conforming students in the fall of 2013, as a part of the gender inclusive living experience.</p><p>We speak with <span id="internal-source-marker_0.8477561543721028" style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Amy Navvab, a student at the University of Michigan and Chair of the Open Housing Initiative, and Amanda Hobson, Residential Coordinator at Ohio University </span>where gender neutral housing is already available to students.</p><p>Listen to the interview above. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:04:45 +0000 Stateside Staff 11248 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Gender neutral housing at universities