Gov. Whitmer meets with high school students, parents over education initiative

Published: Mar. 21, 2023 at 11:25 PM EDT
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BAY CITY, Mich. (WNDU) - Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants to make college more affordable.

The governor visited Bay City to speak with high schoolers, teachers, and parents at a roundtable about the “Michigan Achievement Scholarship.”

The scholarship initiative, which was passed in 2022, gets the state closer to achieving its “Sixty by 30″ goal to have 60% of people earn a degree or skills certificate by 2030. The program offers up to $27,500 for undergrads who graduate from a Michigan high school with a diploma or equivalent in 2023 or after.

“There’s so much good stuff happening all across our state, but as you talk to young people, making sure they know about the opportunities, filling out the FAFSA, getting the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, knocking off tens of thousands off of an education beyond high school,” Gov. Whitmer said. “That opens up doors for people and creates opportunity.”

Scholarships are renewable for up to three years at a community college and up to five years at a private or public university.