Lawmakers in Lansing agree that a skilled workforce is critical to the state’s economic future. Higher education can help tackle this challenge, but not if Michigan students and families — and, in particular, adult learners and students of color — continue to be underserved by state policy.
In our new study on college affordability in Michigan, we highlight that a perfect storm of factors places higher education out of reach for too many Michiganders across the state. Since 2000, state funding for public institutions has fallen by 40 percent, while the tuition sticker price at public universities has doubled. Public university students who borrow to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Michigan graduate with an average of $31,000 in debt.
And while insufficient state appropriations to