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Ryan Fewins-Bliss' testimony in favor of Senate Bills 350 and 555, as delivered to the Michigan House Appropriations Committee on Feb. 21, 2024.

As the institutions directly serving the largest population of young people nationwide, public high schools are the most logical location to position the next generation for successful adulthoods. Yet, in important ways, high schools were not designed to prepare young people for the transition to postsecondary education and a successful career.

National School Counseling Week 2024 (#NSCW24) is Feb. 5-9. This event is a way to focus public attention on the unique and vital contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. In response, the Michigan School Counselor Association, Michigan College Access Network, and the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling want to celebrate you!

The Office of Federal Student Aid released updated FAFSA guidance on which students should indicate they receive free or reduced-price school lunch. While all Michigan public school students are currently eligible for free lunch through state-level funding, students are now advised to check the box for receiving free or reduced-price school lunch ONLY if their annual household income falls below $60,000 to comply with the U.S. Department of Agriculture income eligibility guidelines.

At the beginning of this new year, “FAFSA” is the phrase on the tip of everyone’s tongue, and for good reason. We always knew the Better FAFSA, which promises both an expansion of the federal Pell Grant and a more streamlined, quicker process, was coming this year, we just didn’t know about the associated headaches, including a three-month delay and the need for every school counselor, financial aid administrator, and college access professional to be re-trained in a relatively short period of time.

For many students and families, the road to “success” has been described the same way for decades — graduate high school, go to college, and obtain a degree. However, the landscape of higher education is constantly changing.

We are now less than one month away from the opening of the Better FAFSA! You may have seen Federal Student Aid’s (FSA) announcement that the FAFSA will open by December 31 this year.

States try all kinds of approaches to try to ensure their students’ college and career readiness. Mississippi brings us a new approach, which requires a college and career readiness course for high school graduation.

Welcome to the 2023-24 academic year! As school staff and students file into classrooms across the country, it’s a time of promise, potential, and, sometimes, problems that need to get sorted out.

On Feb. 8, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released her fiscal year 2023 budget proposal. This $79 billion plan includes bold investments in higher education, the k-12 system, and early childhood education.