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Advocacy Day 2017 Fact Sheet

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This document will be shared with Advocacy Day 2017 participants and the Michigan Legislature. It details facts about independent, non-profit higher education in Michigan.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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.


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