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Independent colleges put students first

student aid vs. salaries

In 2015 Michigan's independent, non-profit colleges and universities spent $984 million of institutional funds on scholarships, grants, and tuition discounts for students in need.  Salaries and benefits paid to employees at the same institutions totaled $869 million. The institutions invested greater than $100 million more in students.

Grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts help to ensure that students can complete a degree on time and leave college with little or no student debt.

In the same year, faculty and staff at Michigan's public universities received a total of $7.9 billion in salaries and benefits while the institutions spent a quarter of that ($1.9 billion) on scholarships, grants, and tuition discounts for students. Spending on faculty and staff is more than four times the amount spent on student financial aid.

Independent, non-profit colleges and universities are investing in Michigan students first.

More Michigan freshman choosing out-of-state schools, all of higher education in Michigan is losing out

MI students staying in MI for college

First-time college freshman from Michigan who choose to pursue a bachelor's degree have a variety of institutions in Michigan where they can pursue their higher education. In 2008, nearly 54,000 first-time college students attended one of the many institutions in the state, both public and independent. 

Since 2008, however, the number of first-time college students from Michigan choosing to stay in the state for college has declined steadily, falling by a total of 4,800 (nine percent). While Michigan has had a slow decline in the overall number of students enrolled in higher education, the number leaving the state to pursue a degree grows.

Approximately 48 percent of the first-time colleges students who leave Michigan attend an institution in Ohio (25 percent), Indiana (12 percent), or Illinois (11 percent).

Ohio, in particular, has seen a 58 percent increase in the number of first-time freshman from Michigan who choose to attend college in Ohio rather than staying in-state in Michigan.
 

Over 120,000 bachelor's degrees awarded this decade

MICU member institutions have awarded 120,929 bachelor's degrees over the past decade (2007-2016). This represents 22 percent of the total bachelor's degrees awarded in Michigan between 2007 and 2016.
 

The annual number of bachelor's degrees awarded increased an average of ten percent between 2007 and 2016.

Independent colleges and universities increase student grants and scholarships 99% over ten-year period

MICU member institutions have increased the amount of student aid available through institutional grants over the past decade. Institutional grants and scholarships increased 99 percent, or 11 percent per year, between 2006 and 2015.

When accounting for inflation, institutional student aid still increased 63 percent across the ten-year period. 

While the costs of delivering quality higher education programming are increasing, independent institutions in Michigan are working to ensure that all students still have access and will graduate without excessive debt.
 

MICU members provided $984 million in institutionally funded aid in 2015

institutional student aid 2015

During 2015, Michigan's independent, non-profit colleges and universities provided nearly $984 million to students in the form of grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts. This funding is provided on top of Pell Grants, the Michigan Tuition Grant, and other federal or state funded student aid.

MICU member institutions provided $495 million in grants and scholarships and another $489 million in tuition discounts to students. This comes to a total of $984 million or $11,500 per student when dividing total funding provided by all students enrolled.  In comparison, public universities in Michigan provided $6,406 per student in institutional aid during 2015. 

Michigan independent colleges and universities do more for minority students and women

degrees awarded by institution type 2015

Michigan's independent, non-profit colleges & universities work hard to provide access and opportunity to Michigan's minority students and to women. These efforts are evident in the successes of minority students and women who complete degrees at a higher rate through Michigan's independent, non-profit institutions.

In 2015, MICU member institutions awarded 21 percent of the total bachelor's degrees awarded in Michigan. An even larger percentage of degrees were awarded to women and minorities. Of all bachelor's degrees awarded in Michigan to African American students, MICU member institutions awarded 27 percent. For Hispanic students the share was 22 percent and for women 23 percent.

Michigan Scholarship & Grant Growth for FY 2017-2018

Scholarships and grants for Michigan students are on the rise!
The 2017-18 budget shows that the need-based Michigan Tuition Grant (MTG) will increase by 32 percent and the merit-based Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS) will increase 74 percent, compared to previous legislative minimums. Excellent news for Michigan's students.

During FY 2013-14 the appropriation for the need-based Michigan Tuition Grant (MTG) was $31,664,700. The proposal for FY 2017-18 MTG includes $38,021,500, a 20 percent increase over the five-year period and a nine percent increase compared to the FY 2016-17 budget of $35,021,500.
Also included in this budget is an increase in the per student minimum award. The minimum was previously $1,512 and has now increased to $2,000, a 32 percent increase.
The MTG is welcome aid for Michigan's students in need!

The Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS) will also have an increase in appropriations and minimum award in the coming fiscal year. For the 2017-18 year the proposed budget includes an $8,000,000 increase (44 percent) for the MCS. The per student minimum MCS award will increase from $575 to $1,000, a 74 percent increase.

All of these changes are exciting for Michigan's students as the increases allow grants and scholarships to make even more of a difference for students and their families.
 

 

Independent colleges and universities have higher share of veteran enrollment

veteran share of undergrad enrollment in Michigan

During FY 2015, 2.4 percent of the undergraduate population at Michigan's independent, non-profit colleges and universities claimed veteran status compared to 1.3 percent at Michigan's public universities.

Michigan's institutions still have work to do to increase the share of veterans enrolling in baccalaureate programs as both sectors in Michigan lag behind national averages for enrollment. Independent institutions in Michigan rank 28th for veteran enrollment while the public universities rank 46th when compared to other states.

Nationally, veterans enroll at independent, non-profit colleges and universities at a higher rate than their public peers and Michigan follows this trend. In FY 2015, 3.2 percent of the undergraduate population nationally at independent institutions claimed veteran status while the veteran share of undergraduates at public universities was 2.5 percent. 

MICU recently released a special brief on the status of veterans in higher education in Michigan. See the MICU website for this report and others. View the press release.

Doing more for students in need

Michigan's independent, non-profit colleges and universities do more for students in need than public peers in Michigan and independent peers nationally. 

During FY 2015, 39,202 undergraduates at MICU member institutions received Pell grants, a federal need-based grant. This represents 47 percent, nearly half, of the undergraduate population at Michigan's independent, non-profit, colleges and universities.

Nationally, Michigan's independent colleges and universities perform better than their peers. Across the nation, 35 percent of independent, non-profit college and university undergraduates receive Pell grants compared to the 47 percent in Michigan. At Michigan's public universities, 33 percent of undergraduates receive Pell grants. 

Find additional data on MICU members in the reports and one-pagers sections of this site.

Grants and scholarships for Michigan veterans

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During FY 2017 over 900 students in the State of Michigan grants and scholarships application system claimed veteran status. Of these, just 101 were awarded grants or scholarships through the State of Michigan.

From the 101 veterans who did receive grant and scholarship aid from the state in FY 2017, 45 percent chose to attend independent, non-profit colleges and universities.

While only a small share of veterans receive scholarships from the state, including the Michigan Competitive Scholarship, the Michigan Tuition Grant, and other programs, MICU member institutions do more to provide additional grants to veterans to ensure their success in higher education. 

Find the full report here.

Veteran enrollment growth at independent institutions is strong

The national trend for veteran enrollment in higher education is declining. However, Michigan’s veteran enrollment is positive with the strongest growth for Michigan’s independent, non-profit colleges and universities. Between 2014 and 2015, veteran enrollment increased by 21 percent at MICU member institutions. Veteran enrollment in Michigan’s public universities increased by two percent during this same time.  Between 2014 and 2015, veteran enrollment in four-degree programs and graduate programs declined by two percent nationally. MICU member institutions are working to reverse this trend and better serve veteran students.

Find the full report here.

4 in 10 veterans choose independent colleges

In 2015, 2,069 post-9/11 veterans were enrolled in baccalaureate and graduate programs at Michigan's independent, non-profit colleges and universities. Of these, 1,872 were undergraduate students seeking a bachelor's degree. These veterans represent 2.4 percent of the undergraduate student body at MICU member institutions.

In Michigan, 4,862 post-9/11 veterans were enrolled in baccalaureate programs during 2015. Forty percent of these students chose Michigan's independent, non-profit colleges and universities for their baccalaureate degree.

Additional data can be found here. The full report on veterans can be access with this link.
 

Institutional Aid to Students

More than 66,263 undergraduate students from Michigan are enrolled at independent, non-profit higher education institutions in the state. At least one in four, more than 25 percent, of these students qualifies for the Michigan Tuition Grant. Independent institutions contribute to student success and affordability by providing institutional aid on top of state grants and scholarships. Michigan's independent, non-profit higher education institutions award 81 percent of their undergraduates with institution-based grants and scholarships.

Find this and additional relevant data from MICU here.

Access to College Through Collaboration Agreements

Pie chart showing enrollment of transfer students

Currently, 8,024 students are enrolled in programs at Michigan’s independent, non-profit colleges and universities because of collaboration agreements between higher education institutions in Michigan. This represents 11 percent of all undergraduate enrollment at Michigan’s independent, non-profit higher education institutions. For more detail on transfer students see the full report

Enhancing Talent Through Collaboration

Pie chart showing 25.6% of degrees awarded are through collaboration

Collaboration agreements are responsible for more than 3,229 (>25.6%) of baccalaureate degrees awarded by Michigan's private, non-profit, colleges & universities. Michigan's private, non-profit colleges & universities award more than 12,000 baccalaureate degrees annually. During FY 2016, at least 3,229 of the baccalaureate degrees awarded by Michigan's private, non-profit colleges & universities were awarded to students enrolled through collaboration programs.