Record University Enrollment in Michigan Boosted by Scholarships: Whitmer



Michigan universities report record-breaking enrollment rates with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer attributing the increase to the Michigan Achievement Scholarship. Last week, Michigan State University (MSU) launched a new financial aid program (Spartan Tuition Advantage) that will cover full tuition costs for Pell Grant-eligible Michigan high school graduates with family income less than $65,000, starting with the class of 2024. The University of Michigan-Dearborn expects to have its largest freshman class ever, University of Michigan-Flint reports an enrollment increase for the first time since 2014, and Wayne State University expects about 4,450 new students, a third of whom will take advantage of the Wayne State Guarantee, providing tuition-free degrees for Michigan students with a family income of $70,000 or less.

Michigan Universities See Increase in Enrollment Amid New Scholarship Program

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced increased enrollments at nine Michigan universities, spurred by high school graduates eligible for the Michigan Achievement Scholarship.

Whitmer stated, “Michiganders deserve the opportunity to get a high-quality, affordable higher education so they can land a good-paying job right here in Michigan.”

Whitmer’s office named Michigan State University (MSU), the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Grand Valley State University among institutions reporting record-breaking enrollment.

MSU’s new financial aid scheme, Spartan Tuition Advantage, covers full tuition for Pell Grant-eligible Michigan graduates with a family income of $65,000 or less, beginning with the fall 2024 class.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn looks set to have its largest freshman class in its 64-year history, while the University of Michigan-Flint reports increased enrollment, a first since 2014.

Wayne State University expects about 4,450 new students, a third of whom will use Wayne State Guarantee. This program provides Michigan students from families earning $70,000 or less with tuition-free degrees through the Michigan Achievement Scholarship program.

The program is designed to increase the number of Michigan residents with a college degree from 50.5% to 60% by 2030 through additional financial aid.

Program awards include:

  • Up to $2,000 for graduates attending an eligible training provider in Michigan.
  • Up to $2,750 for graduates attending a Michigan community college.
  • Up to $4,000 for graduates attending a Michigan private college or university.
  • Up to $5,500 for graduates attending a Michigan public university.

Whitmer stated, “The Michigan Achievement Scholarship established last year lowers college costs for most students starting this fall. It’s making a difference, with record enrollment numbers. Let’s continue working together to lower college costs, grow our economy, and ensure anyone can ‘make it’ in Michigan.”

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