New Grant to Launch Text Messaging Program to Help Students Prepare for College

Sallie Mae Fund grant awards $9,000 to MCAN in an innovative effort to reach students

Sept. 12, 2016 - LANSING, Mich. — The Sallie Mae Fund has awarded a $9,000 grant to the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) to launch a new texting initiative aimed at reaching students. This innovative program will text message students crucial reminders throughout the school year to submit college applications, apply for financial aid and other coordinated efforts to improve college readiness, enrollment and completion throughout Michigan.

This grant is part of a coordinated effort by MCAN to reach its goal of increasing the percentage of Michigan residents with degrees or postsecondary certificates to 60 percent by the year 2025.

“These grants are fueling innovation to reach students and ensure they comply with necessary benchmarks to pursue postsecondary education,” MCAN Executive Director Brandy Johnson said. “We appreciate the Sallie Mae Fund’s generosity with this grant and think it will provide a unique tool connecting with students by texting them directly on their cell phones.”

The Sallie Mae Fund’s grant will provide funding for the pilot program that will send educational text messages to students over the 2016-17 school year, reaching nearly 3,000 students across Michigan. College advisers and high schools will work to onboard students into the texting program.

The Sallie Mae Fund is a charitable organization and supports expanding pathways for the successful development of America’s youth by supporting programs and initiatives that help open doors to higher education.

To learn more about the Michigan College Access Network and their efforts to improve Michigan’s college attainment rate, visit


About Michigan College Access Network

As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. For the sixth year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 39.3 percent in 2014. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.3 percent. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit


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