MCAN applauds Congress for passing Forever GI Bill for college aid

Aug. 15, 2017 - LANSING, Mich.The following can be attributed to Brandy Johnson, executive director, Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) in response to legislation providing college aid to military veterans:

"Providing college aid to our veterans recognizes the sacrifices of our brave men and women. We applaud Congress for passing the “Forever GI Bill” that would provide the largest expansion of college aid to veterans in 10 years and encourage President Trump to sign this bill. This legislation eliminates the 15-year time limit on the use of postsecondary education benefits as well as restores benefits to veterans affected by closures of for-profit institutions. Hundreds of thousands of veterans are estimated to be eligible for these benefits. The “Forever GI Bill” aligns with MCAN’s belief that college is for everyone. When veterans return home, they should have every opportunity available to pursue postsecondary credentials and meaningful careers. This bill is a crucial step toward giving support, especially to the people who have given so much to their country.


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 seventh 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 39.4 percent in 2015. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.4 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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