No Relief From College Costs

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

As Joe Finnerty watches his son warm up for the Holt vs. East Lansing soccer game, there's a lot more on his mind than how his son, Brenden, will perform.

He's thinking about the future and how he's going to be able to afford for his son to become successful.

"We are, for the next couple of years, making all of our financial decisions based on college," Finnerty says.

It's a battle parents of college students know all about and will perhaps even be a back breaker for the Finnerty's finances.

"We'll have to eat peanut butter sandwiches sometimes, but we're willing to do it because the education is worth it," he says.

That is unless a free tuition program proposed by a few State Representatives actually comes to fruition.

And sure every parent would like to send their student to a school like MSU for free but, it is going to be difficult to make happen.

"To all of the sudden give money to schools, at a college level, the ability to give a free education to students, I find that kind of hard to understand." David Martell, Director of Michigan School Business Officials, explains.

Because he says, at this point, the state is having a hard enough time funding K through 12, and it's going to get even worse.

"It's going to be a situation where districts are going to be edging towards a cliff of a lack of funding," Martell explains.

Leaving Finnerty's son in a financial hole far before he'll ever be able to pay for it.

"The bottom line is, he will come out of school with some debt," Finnerty explains.

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More info on the Free College Tuition Program:

-It would apply to anyone who graduated high school with at least a 2.5 GPA.

-They would have to live in Michigan for five years before graduating.

-The price tag is hefty -- $1.7 billion dollars for four years. That's just for tuition -- no books, no fees, no room and board.


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