The word from Governor Jennifer Granholm Wednesday: putting college grants on the chopping block "will not stand."
"I'm not interested in eliminating the promise scholarships if we are to invest in the future of Michigan," Governor Granholm says.
The governor standing by the state's promise, after a senate subcommittee vote Tuesday to nix the Michigan Promise Scholarship, to make up for a nearly $2 billion budget shortfall.
"We cannot eliminate the scholarships if we are to reconfigure our state economy and get to our goal of doubling the amount of college graduates," says Granholm.
But Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop stands by the vote to cut the $4,000 scholarships that nearly 100,000 Michigan students rely on, because the state's in a tight spot, and something's got to go.
"We have a responsibility to balance a budget, just like that family does, just like that student does," Bishop says. "And we're doing the best we can under the circumstances to try to find ways to do that."
"I think it's unfortunate because I know a lot of families in Michigan are really struggling right now," says Mary Beth Barkeley, mother of an incoming freshman at Michigan State University.
Parents upset because they've already budgeted for the money--
"It helps me to be able to send my children to school," says parent Kelleigh Moore-Quinones. "If you take that away from me, now what do I have?"
--and upset because their children are counting on it.
"The kids were told this, and knew about it, and thought, 'Well, if I do this and this, I'll get this amount of money towards my college education,'" says Elaine Rapanos, mother of three. "So it doesn't just affect the parents, but the kids see a promise was broken."