Advocacy

2019 Legislative Priorities

The following list for 2019 represents many of the policy and funding issues the Michigan College Access Network is supporting in an effort to expand postsecondary opportunities for Michigan students.

Increase Need-Based Student Financial Aid
MCAN supports legislation that increases financial assistance to Michigan students as they pursue postsecondary education. This includes increases to the following programs:

· Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)
· Michigan Competitive Scholarship
· Michigan Tuition Grant Program

Decrease Student-Counselor Ratio
Increase the number of licensed school counselors in Michigan public high schools by investing in state-local partnerships in order to lower the student-counselor ratio to 250:1 for high schools. It is currently 732:1.

Increase FAFSA Completion
Require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for high school graduation, as Louisiana did in December 2015.

Expand Early College Credit Options
Ensure that every high school student has access to and opportunity to complete at least one college-level, credit-bearing course prior to graduating from high school. This includes Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), dual enrollment, early/middle college, and articulated CTE.

Support Higher Education
MCAN supports increases in annual operating support to Michigan’s public community colleges and universities as part of a performance-driven funding system.


Support Governor Whitmer's postsecondary education agenda 

Support Michigan Reconnect Program
MCAN supports Governor Whitmer’s proposal of providing tuition support to Michigan working-aged adults with no credential. The Michigan Reconnect program will help adults complete certificates and associate degrees in high-demand fields.

Support Governor’s Postsecondary Attainment Goal
MCAN supports Governor Whitmer’s goal of 60% by 2030. MCAN advocates that this goal be codified into law or statute. We also seek the addition of goals that address equity gaps.

Support Opportunity Scholarship Initiative
MCAN supports Governor Whitmer’s vision of offering the Opportunity Scholarship for traditional-aged students to pursue certificates, associate degrees, and/or bachelor’s degrees.

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Our Vision and Values

The Michigan College Access Network works to increase college readiness and completion in Michigan, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college students, and students of color. Every day, MCAN partners with individuals and organizations to advocate for policies and programs that lower barriers for in their quest for higher education."

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Total Talent: Equipping All Michiganders with the Education and Skills Needed for Success in the Economy of Today and Tomorrow

Published: September 2018

  

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