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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 and their students.

Michigan Tuition Grant History 2018

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One-pager detail on the Michigan Tuition Grant (MTG), its appropriations, and number of students served from 1986 through FY 2018.

Access to College Through Collaboration Agreements

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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

Collaboration Across Higher Education Institutions in Michigan

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MICU collaborated with the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) and the Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU) to collect data on collaboration agreements among higher education institutions across Michigan. The data collected focuses on students either completing or enrolled in collaboration programs resulting in a bachelor’s degree between Fall 2015 and Summer 2016. Never before has this data been collected and the results are compelling.

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