Michigan Promise Scholarship is Eliminated

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

EAST LANSING -- Two months and a heated budget battle later, and Governor Granholm has backed off her promise to keep the Michigan Promise Scholarship alive.

She signed into law Friday a bill that kills the program that awards Michigan's college students up to $4,000 in scholarships.

"Families counted on it," says Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon.

She said Friday she's not angry with the Governor's about-face, noting, "I think she had no choice," but she is taking action.

The college is crediting all Promise students the $500 they received under the program for the fall semester; covering part of that cost for the spring, and cutting tuition for all undergrads by $5 per credit hour in the upcoming semester.

"It's critical for our future to send a message to students that the state is committed to educating the sons and daughters of Michigan in a way that makes it competitive," Simon explains.

She says the cost will come out of stimulus funds granted to the college -- almost $8 million worth. It's a welcome gift for MSU sophomore Melanie Lang.

"I was counting on that money. I actually pay for school myself. I don't take out loans, so that's a lot of money," the Macomb Township native says.

But she's still worried about making up those funds next year -- and ticked off that the state is breaking its promise.

"That $500 is gonna hurt next year, and then the $2,000 I'm missing altogether is not gonna be great, either," Lang says.

The news for students at Lansing Community College could be worse. The college president told News 10 he's shocked by the decision, and fears students will bear the burden in the spring semester.

President Simon says the fight to keep the promise isn't quite over.

"We're hopeful that between now and the end of the year, we can work collaboratively with Governor Granholm and the legislature to find funding."

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  • by sam Location: Mich on Nov 1, 2009 at 06:09 AM
    I see many loosing jobs.More TAX money will be gone.Who ever gets in office after the one we have now won't be able to fix things.At voting time remember who all did this to MI.Both parties are to blame for the way Mi is now.Has nothing to do with what the party is,{D}or{R}.It all has to do with what the job pays.It has nothing to do with what people need at this hard time in history.The R held up the budget as long as possible so a drastic last minute signing was the only way.It is no longer what is needed or should be done,it is simply the R will do anything to make the D as miserable as possible,SPITE.Anything to make the new president have more problems to deal with.The R are still mad McCain did not get into office and it is being passed down to the states.R will do anything to make the D look bad.The people are the ones caught up in all this childish fighting.Some don't care who gets hurt in the mean time.Jenn has done things wrong too,but get real she has so many R against her.
  • by Gill Location: Jackson on Oct 31, 2009 at 05:58 PM
    Thing is, most kids don't want to pursue a higher education. They would rather roam the streets, do drugs or stay indoors all day and play video games.
  • by local teacher on Oct 31, 2009 at 01:53 PM
    I love this post by Lisa Gremore. "Heavens I could teach, alls I would do is yell at the boys all hour to pull up their pants" I guess that is all I do all day. At least I understand the rules of grammar, spelling and punctuation, so that I can teach my students about them.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 31, 2009 at 03:43 AM
    It is all politics. They should have put that money into a nest egg and we would not be in this situation with increase taxes.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 30, 2009 at 07:24 PM
    There are many loans out there.Free will be no more.Sorry.This budget is unfair and cruel in many ways.I guess since they did not tax bottled water we'll have to throw it at crimals or a burning house.The gov is to protect people,not cause them more hardships and dangers.
  • by lisa gremore Location: albion on Oct 30, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    Why were almost all of the teachers kept through stimulus money? Everyone is facing lay offs and terminations, if you Rep can't tax a bottle of water and soda cut some unnecessary teachers.Heavens I could teach, alls I would do is yell at the boys all hour to pull up their pants and then you take a scholarship away from a student that wants an education.
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