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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.

Independent colleges and universities have higher share of veteran enrollment

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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.

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.

Higher Education Access for Veterans in Michigan: Briefing May 2017

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The higher education community in Michigan is not serving veterans at the same rate as other states, with fewer veterans in Michigan enrolling in and obtaining baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Michigan’s independent, non-profit colleges and universities are working to reverse this trend.

This briefing document outlines the uptake of higher education for veterans at colleges and universities in Michigan compared to the nation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Independent Students At-A-Glance

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One-pager with metrics about Michigan's Independent Colleges & Universities

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