Michigan Announces One Stop Shop For College-bound Students

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

When it comes to applying for college, there are often more questions than answers.

"How am I going to pay for it? How do I complete college applications? How do I complete the FAFSA," said Nancy Miller of the Jackson Legacy College Access Program.

But soon students and parents will have the resources to answer those questions all in one place thanks to the Michigan College Access Network.

"Easy access for parents, for kids, simple and straight forward -- we're working on this with a team of people to make sure that it's accessible and that communities can use it to get kids to go to college, " said Gov. Granholm.

The program puts test prep materials, applications and student loan information all on one website as well as through community portals.

"We felt it was really important to not just have that web-based presence but to also have local community resource centers that could help people navigate the web portal and navigate the complexity of the system," Miller said.

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says the network is necessary to increase college graduation rates to create the workforce to jump-start Michigan's economy.

"And we're one of these states where economic development is not going to come back if we don't have larger numbers of college graduates, it's just that simple, " Flanagan said.

The goal is to make college access not just left up to the university but a community initiative, the network will set up portals across the state where students can apply, plan and pay to go to colleges like Michigan State University.

"They can find out if there are things going on at Michigan State without necessarily having to refer to our website but they can find things a lot easier," said John Ambrose of MSU's office of admissions.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 30, 2009 at 10:39 AM
    Pam, That is so true on both statements.
  • by Pam Location: Jackson on Apr 29, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    Education like most things in life is more appreciated if you have to work to attain it. These new initiatives that are government initiated are so full of pork that they are attracting the swine flu.
  • by Katie Location: Grass Lake on Apr 29, 2009 at 10:50 AM
    Well then I guess you missed my point of "I pay for my education, so I should choose what I do in life and not you." Guess what, it still sticks. I'm glad that you know the law, so you well know that you benefit from the research these institutions do, and the industry they support and inspire.
  • by DumAsMe Location: Lansing on Apr 29, 2009 at 07:06 AM
    I can not find any reference in my comment saying I paid for your college tuition. However, I do pay both state and federal taxes which support the colleges in Michigan. 2009 House Bill 4441 (Appropriations: 2009-2010 Higher Education budget) Introduced in the House on February 24, 2009, the House version of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009-2010 higher education budget. This would appropriate $1.826 billion in gross spending, compared to $1.769 billion, which was the FY 2008-2009 amount enrolled in 2008. Of this, $1.600 billion will come from the general fund (funded by actual state tax revenues), $166.4 million is from "restricted funds," or earmarked state tax and fee revenue, and $59.6 million is federal revenue.
  • by Katie Location: Grass Lake on Apr 29, 2009 at 06:00 AM
    Dum, you don't pay for the students' tuition. I know you like to think that you do, but you don't. It's me who sends a check to the lender every month. But, if you'd like to put your money where your mouth is, I do accept cash. And I'm still a resident.
  • by DumAsMe Location: Lansing on Apr 29, 2009 at 05:39 AM
    Earning a college degree is a good goal in life. However, as a tax payer I think I'm getting short changed when they graduate and move to another state. Perhaps we need to require a commitment to living in Michigan after graduation from a Michigan college for the number of years they attended college in our state.
  • by Diane Location: Nevada on Apr 28, 2009 at 06:24 PM
    If a student can't figure out how to fill out a college application or complete the FASFA documents, perhaps a higher education isn't for them in the first place.
  • by John Location: Ann Arbor on Apr 28, 2009 at 05:44 PM
    This is a terrific idea and should really help get more young people into college. We need more young adults who can help build our state's future!
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