MCAN to Receive Grant from National College Access Network

Funding will bolster efforts to strengthen students pursuing higher education in Michigan  

Jan.10, 2018 - LANSING, Mich. – The National College Access Network (NCAN) has awarded the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) a State Member Advocacy Grant to help bolster efforts to educate legislators and support policies that strengthen education and postsecondary efforts.

The grant will provide $20,000 over a two year period, totaling $40,000. This grant will provide MCAN the opportunity to expand their organizational capacity to promote policies that support students and their higher education experience.

MCAN is committed  to increasing Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students and students of color.

“This grant allows an important education component to ensuring Michigan’s lawmakers know the importance of postsecondary education, as well understanding the efforts on the ground within the communities they represent,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network. “The State Member Adovocacy Grant will allow us to focus more resources on raising awareness to increase college access and preparedness opportunities throughout the state .”  

Throughout the duration of the grant period, MCAN will work alongside other college access organizations across NCAN’s membership. The MCAN team will focus on the needs of students and raise conciousness around the importance of need-based aid. 

“Expanding our efforts translates to a broader reach,” said Johnson. “There are issues our organization supports to assist students with the college-going process, including academic, financial and social support.”

MCAN supports legislation that aligns with their mission of improving college access. House bill 4181, introduced by Rep. Brett Roberts (R- Charlotte), was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. This legislation would require school counselors to receive training on career and college advising to help guide the decision-making of high school students.

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 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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