College bound

A new report indicates that Michigan residents place a value on college education, but they don’t agree that it’s affordable.
Krystle Wagner
Apr 8, 2014

Although more than 96 percent of Michigan residents ages 18 and older surveyed said attending college is “somewhat important” or “very important” for a young person to be successful in their career, more than 67 percent said they “somewhat disagree” or “strongly disagree” that college education is reasonably affordable.

More than 1,000 Michigan residents recently answered questions about political, educational and social aspects for a survey called “Looking at the College-Going Culture of Michigan Adults. The Michigan College Access Network worked with the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University to conduct it.

The survey was the second time questions were asked about the “college-going culture,” which defines college as earning a degree or certificate from an educational institution such as a technical school, community college or university.

Jamie Jacobs, director of professional development for the Michigan College Access Network, said they want to focus their efforts on the barriers potentially getting in the way of students attending college.

“We’re extremely pleased Michigan adults understand the importance (of going to college),” she said.

Based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community survey in 2011, about 36.8 percent of Michigan’s 5.2 million “working-age” adults (ages 25-64) have at least a two-year degree; the nation’s average is 38.3 percent.

More than 95 percent of survey participants in Michigan’s West Central region, which includes Ottawa County, responded that attending college is “very important” or “somewhat important.” And about two-thirds said they “somewhat disagree” and “strongly disagree” that college education is affordable for people in Michigan.

Raising awareness about financial opportunities, specifically the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), has been a focus of Tri-Cities College Access Network this year, said Kim McLaughlin, the program’s director.

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FanoBucs

"Raising awareness about financial opportunities, specifically the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), has been a focus of Tri-Cities College Access Network this year, said Kim McLaughlin, the program’s director"

FAFSA is simply a way for students to go into debt. Not a way to make school affordable.

In Michigan most Universities and colleges have a graduation rate of less than 50%. Why is that? Bad Schools? I am certain that this is not the cases. I strongly believe that because it is so very expensive to go to college in Michigan the students simply look at the debt they are creating and then at the rewards of the degree and simply say "it isn't worth it" and quit. Maybe the universities can quit building, growing larger and begin some cutbacks to try to make the cost more affordable than it currently is. The cost of these new buildings and programs are on the back of the students with the "student" loans.

Also taking from the "proposal A" fund which was for K-12 when we voted on it also discourages the College admissions. We have now cutback the K-12 districts so badly that many of them are going bankrupt. Simply watch the news to see this happening. If we cannot turn out qualified students for colleges then admissions will drop and tuition will continue at a greater rate to increase as they try to support the new building and programs in the universities and colleges.

It is out of hand and it will fail in a big way at time point. Then it will be the Kids that suffer for it.

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