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Micro-grants and life credits: How Michigan is reducing barriers to college

Bridge Michigan

Michigan officials and education leaders are also examining other ways to help students finish college and career training after high school. Controlling tuition costs is critical. But there are plenty of other reasons why students fail or drop out.

Generation COVID: Record Numbers of Youth Opt Out of College, Work


Three years into the pandemic, after two years of isolation, shuttered schools and virtual commencements, high school graduates from the classes of 2020, 2021 and beyond — call them Generation COVID — are shunning college in record numbers.

Michigan isn’t taxing forgiven student loans

WILX News 10

“The tax is not something you can spread out over 20 or 30 years like you can your loan payments. So this tax would come due this tax year, which would make a high burden for those students,” said Ryan Fewins-Bliss, MCAN executive director.

NEWS Otsego Career Access Network Brings Retired Educator

9 & 10 News

The Otsego Career Access Network wants to connect people with opportunities for an advanced education. And the new coordinator is retired Gaylord Schools superintendent Brian Pearson.

Rick Haglund: Student loan forgiveness will aid millions, but college affordability problems remain

Michigan Advance

In Michigan, 1.4 million residents will benefit from the loan forgiveness program, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. But the loan relief plan does little to tackle the complex problem of college affordability.

Four-year college degrees in Michigan becoming an exception

The Detroit News

For Michigan's incoming class of 2015-16, the overall rate of public college students who earned a degree at four-year institutions four years later was 52.4% compared with 71.2% five years later and 77% six years, according to the latest state data.

After student loan relief, here are 4 more ways to cut Michigan college debt

Bridge Michigan

In short, the cost of college went up during a time when state scholarships for college went down. The result: students now graduate from Michigan’s colleges and universities with an average debt of $36,000.

Executive Director of the Michigan College Access Network talks about student loan debt forgiveness


Ryan Fewins-Bliss joins the WZZM news team to discuss President Biden's student loan forgiveness plan.

Native American Heritage Fund Awards $478,700 to 2022 Grant Recipients

Indian Gaming

The Native American Heritage Fund (NAHF) awarded $478,700 to the 2022 grant recipients at FireKeepers Casino Hotel, bringing their total contribution to $2,390,400 to 37 of Michigan’s K-12 schools, colleges, universities and local units of government.

MI community colleges ditching remedial courses to keep students enrolled

Bridge Michigan

Over the years, thousands of Michigan students enrolled in community college but dropped out before their first credit-earning class. Remedial courses, meant as a way to ensure borderline students were ready for college coursework, discouraged some students from continuing.