MCAN Applauds Recent Tuition Equality Policy Changes at EMU and GVSU

Lansing, MI – December 17, 2013 – Last week the Board of Regents of Eastern Michigan University and Grand Valley State University passed tuition equality policies, offering in-state tuition to qualifying undocumented students. The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) applauds the Board of Regents for their decisions and prioritizing access to college for all Michigan students.

Michigan currently is one of several states that is a neutral state. This meaning they have no policy that awards nor denies undocumented students from receiving in-state tuition at public colleges and universities. According to a 2010 report published by the Migrant Policy Institute, as many as twenty-nine thousand undocumented youth and young adults live in Michigan.

“A student’s status as an undocumented student living in Michigan should not deny him or her access to college. MCAN is thrilled to learn of the tuition equality policy changes and hopes other universities in Michigan will consider the same,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN executive director.

EMU and GVSU are the 5th and 6th public universities in the state to create such policies. The policies will begin taking effect in the fall of 2014. In 2006, Ferris State University was the first school in the state to award in-state tuition to undocumented students who graduated from Michigan high schools. Since, Western Michigan University passed a policy in 2008 followed by the University of Michigan in the summer of 2013 and Wayne State University in September.

About Michigan College Access Network
MCAN leads the charge in changing Michigan’s culture to create an expectation that every student in Michigan continue learning after high school.
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.  Michigan has recently experienced a modest increase in our college attainment rate -- from 35.6% of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate’s degree, to 36.8%. However, Michigan’s rate still lags behind the national average of 38.7 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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